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US seeks 1,000 more NATO troops for Afghanistan

US seeks 1,000 more NATO troops for Afghanistan

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A top US diplomat has urged NATOinfo-icon allies to deploy a 1,000 more troops to Afghanistaninfo-icon to help vanquish the Talibaninfo-icon, Islamic State (Daesh) and Al Qaeda.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, US ambassador to NATO, said in Brussels on Thursday the additional forces were needed to join roughly 3,000 US troops who are already being deployed to the war-hit country.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reported a number of senior US officials, who recently visited London in recent months, reportedly asked Britain to send more military personnel to Afghanistan
Britain has promised boosting its own contingent of trainers and security forces by 85 to a total of 600, according to the newspaper. The US, however, is not impressed with the pledge. 
Also on Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani indicated NATO troops might pull out of Afghanistan in four years. “Within four years, our security forces would be able to do the constitutional thing..."
In an interview with the BBC, the president said the Talban had failed to overthrow the government or to create two “political geographies”.
He added his ultimate aim was a peace deal with the Taliban. “The whole aim of the strategy is to provide the ground for political solution and a political solution is a negotiated solution. 
"It’s imperative that the people are given a chance to live their lives. We have been denied breathing space for 40 years, and in an immense tribute to our people for their resilience, any other state would’ve been completely broken.” 
PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud



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