02 May 2017

News Story: NATO Chief Says Troop Increase To Afghanistan On The Cards

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the military alliance is close to making a decision on whether to increase its troop level in Afghanistan in order to help with the battle against insurgents, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported.

In view of the “challenging” security situation, NATO could increase the number of personnel in Afghanistan from the current 13,000, he told the newspaper but did not give a specific figure.

This however comes after Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of the U.S-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, told Congress he had a "shortfall of a few thousand" troops.

Stoltenberg however told Welt am Sonntag that the alliance would likely make a decision by June on a potential troop increase and on whether to lengthen the time of soldier deployments, which currently are for one year.

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