US to ask NATO for 1,000 more troops for Afghanistan

The US will ask NATO members to contribute about 1,000 extra troops to help in the battle against the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan, the new US ambassador to the military alliance says.

The additional NATO troops would add to the roughly 3,000 US forces already on their way to Afghanistan under US President Donald Trump’s new strategy against the Taliban, Kay Bailey Hutchison said Thursday.

The United States already has about 8,400 troops in the country alongside another 5,000 from NATO forces.

Taliban militants have warned that they will be stepping up their attacks until the US and other NATO members fully withdraw from Afghanistan after more than a decade and half of occupation.

Back in 2014, the US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan officially announced the end of their combat operations in the country, saying they now had a mission to “train, advise, and assist” Afghan troops.

However, the Trump’s administration recently…

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