NATO sending more troops to Afghanistan

NATO allies agreed to send more troops to Afghanistan NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at a Brussels meeting on Thursday, June 29.

NATO authorized commanders’ requested to send more troops to train and work with Afghan special operation forces. Commanders requested 3,000 troops; however, it is unknown how many will be deployed.

“We’re in it for the long haul. It’s a democracy,” British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said, referring to Afghanistan. He said the Afghans “asked for our help and it’s important that Europe responds,” and said extremist groups there are a threat to Western Europe.

There are roughly 13,500 troops in Afghanistan currently; 8,400 of them are U.S. personnel. During the height of the war in 2011, over 100,000 U.S. troops were stationed there.

Stoltenberg also said sanctuaries used by insurgents across the border in Pakistan had “to be addressed as part of the solution to the conflict.”

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