NATO considering intelligence sharing with Afghan forces
The western military alliance is set to increase its support for Afghanistan's security forces, after its members approved a classified report prepared for upcoming ministers' talks, diplomatic sources told German news agency, dpa, on condition of anonymity.
This could help prevent incidents such as recent Taliban attacks for which local authorities were unprepared, said from the document.
According to the report, NATO trainers are also due to be deployed more in the country's conflict areas. Protection in an emergency would be provided by alliance airstrikes,
Without confirming the content of the report, the agency quoted a NATO spokesman that the situation in Afghanistan would be discussed at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels on December 1-2.
In the run-up to those talks, alliance members are due to pledge troop contributions for all ongoing NATO missions, during a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday at NATO's military headquarters in the Belgian town of Mons.
The German government decided Wednesday to increase its presence in Afghanistan to a maximum of 980 soldiers - 130 more than at present.
The report is less negative about the security situation in Afghanistan than recent Taliban attacks may suggest, NATO sources said. Afghan security forces are capable in many areas, such as the ability to carry out operations spanning several weeks, they noted.
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