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NATO mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan

In this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers march during a training by Italian soldiers from NATO's Resolute Support Mission at a Military Training centre on the outskirts of Herat.
Italian instructors in western Afghanistan have been using the relatively quiet winter to bolster Afghan troops against the Taliban. Under the banner of NATO's Resolute Support mission, Italian forces at Camp Arena in Herat province are racing the coming spring to give their Afghan counterparts a fighting chance. / AFP PHOTO / AREF KARIMI / To go with 'Afghanistan-Unrest-NATO-Military' FOCUS by Anne CHAON
Written by Gisele Alba

NATO has received a request from military chiefs for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan, according to Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary-general.

Speaking after meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May in the UK capital, London, on Wednesday, Stoltenberg insisted this would not mean a return to combat operations.

We have received a request from our military authorities to increase our military presence in Afghanistan with a few thousand troops,” he said. “It will continue to be a train, assist and advise operation,” Stoltenberg added.

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