29 Jun '17, 9am

Stripes' @john_vandiver confirms #NATO has agreed to increase troop presence in #Afghanistan

NATO allies agreed Thursday to send more troops to Afghanistan in hopes of aiding security forces stuck in a "stalemate" with Taliban insurgents, the alliance’s top official said. "Today, I can confirm we will increase our presence in Afghanistan," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at his Brussels headquarters. Stoltenberg, speaking at the start of a meeting of NATO defense ministers, said alliance authorities have requested "a few thousand more troops" for the Afghanistan mission, now in its 16th year. Allies want to work more closely with Afghan special operations forces, develop the country’s fledgling air force and improve officer training, he said. "We have to put this into context and understand this about training and assisting and advising Afghan forces," Stoltenberg said. "What we do now is not conduct combat operations, but help Afghans fight." It wasn...

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