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NATO to decide on Afghan troop surge in a month

NATO to decide on Afghan troop surge in a month

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon say it will take a month to respond to America's call for the alliance member states to deploy more troops to Afghanistaninfo-icon, a news report said on Sunday.

Defence chiefs from 29 NATO members recognised the need to fill the current troop shortfalls, General Petr Pavel was quoted as saying by AFP after a meeting of the Military Committee in Tirana.

But Pavel explained respective governments would be consulted before any decision was taken on troop surge requests from Gen. Dunford, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan.

A firm answer to the American call could come next month when the committee reconvenes, said NATO Supreme Allied Commander US General Curtis Scaparrotti.

More than fifteen nations have pledged additional contributions to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission."

The coalition's objective was to train and equip Afghan special forces, Scapparroti said, adding they wanted NATO to train, advise and assist the Afghan security personnel.

The Military Committee members received a comprehensive briefing on the security and political situation in Afghanistan from Gen. Nicholson Senior Civilian Representative Cornelius Zimmermann.

The Chiefs of Defence reconfirmed their continued support to Afghanistan and stressed that the Mission needed to remain conditions-based. They also recognised the need to fill the current shortfalls.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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