11 Nov '17, 2pm

NATO Officials Discuss Afghan Plus-up, Russian Threats

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2017 — NATO allies and their partner forces have agreed to increase the size of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan from 13,000 to 16,000 troops, said Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general. Stoltenberg spoke at the end of the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels on Nov. 9. About 13,000 troops from 39 countries serve in Afghanistan on the mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces. In response to the request for more troops from the Resolute Support mission commander, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson , the United States has already agreed to increase its contribution to the mission. Twenty-seven other nations have also committed to increase troop numbers in the coming months. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti , NATO’s supreme allied commander, said he is pleased with the movement. “We've had the Force Generation Conference , but ...

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