NATO Won’t go into Combat Operation in Afghanistan: Stoltenberg

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NATO will not go into any combat operation in Afghanistan, Secretary General of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference on Thursday.

Stoltenberg said that the NATO troops will continue to assist, advise and train mission instead of taking part in combat operations.

 “There is no question about NATO going into any combat operation Afghanistan. We will continue to train, and assist, and advise the Afghans. They have proven capable, they have proven professional, and they have taken over the responsibility for the security in their own country,” he said.

The NATO Secretary General said that the best way to combat terrorims is to train the Afghan security forces.

 “I strongly believe that the best way we can fight terrorism in the long run is to build local capacity, train local forces, and then able them to fight terrorism. That’s what we are now doing in Afghanistan,” he added.

The Afghan Defense Ministry; however expressed hope on the implementation of the commitments made by the U.S. for building the capacity of Afghan forces.

“We urge America to implement its commitments for strengthening the capacity of Afghan security forces, and there is a need of Afghan soldiers to have advance military equipments,” said Deputy Spokesman of the Defense Ministry, Mohammad Radmanish.

This comes as the U.S. and NATO are expected to increase the numbers of their troops in Afghanistan.

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