NATO Chief Promises at Least 5,000 More Troops for Afghanistan

Unclear Where Troops Will Be Coming From

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General and Afghan War enthusiast, has pledged at least 5,000 NATO troops would be sent to Afghanistan “and probably a few thousand on top of that.”

Exactly where all these troops are coming from is unclear. Britain has committed an additional 500 troops, and Poland says it will “likely” send another 600 troops.

But France has ruled out making any decisions until after the January 28 London conference, and the government had previously said they would not send any additional troops for the war.

The US has also been pressing Germany to add thousands of additional troops, but since the massive unpopularity of the war and the Kunduz air strike have already forced high ranking military and civilian officials out of office in disgrace, the nation will be hard pressed to add to its commitment.

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