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Top U.S. General Travels to Europe to Ask NATO to Send More Troops to Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: May 13, 2017)


Top U.S. general will travel to Brussels on Monday to ask its NATO allies to send more troops to Afghanistan.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plans to convince the other 27 NATO countries that it is critical to increase military pressure against the Taliban and other terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan to prevent further deteriorating security situation in the country.

“There are two missions there – there’s the counterterrorism mission and then there’s the training mission, obviously a NATO mission,” Dunford was quoted saying as,” NATO …didn’t meet the full [requirement].”

Apparently, some European countries including Germany has no plan to send more troops to Afghanistan.

At the same time, U.S. National Security Advisor on Friday said that President Donald Trump has not yet made the decision on deployment of new U.S. troops into Afghanistan.

“The president has not made a decision yet on a course of action,” U.S. National Security Adviser HR McMaster told reporters at a White House news conference,” so, what we’ll have at the end this next few weeks here, is an opportunity for a much more effective strategy for the problem set in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region broadly.”

Some experts believe that U.S. fears collapse of Kabul government; therefore, Washington seeks presence of more troops in Afghanistan.

“Some anti-government elements are strengthening in Afghanistan which makes U.S. to worry about,” Afghan military expert, Attiqullah Amarkhail said.

Another military commentator, Mirza Mohammad Yarmand added,” Americans must provide advanced trainings to Afghan security forces as they are increasing troops in Afghanistan.”

Recently, U.S. intelligence chiefs has said that even if NATO deploys more troops, the political and security situation in Afghanistan will likely get worse in 2018.

By Qiam Noori & Hesamuddin Hesam

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