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Some NATO nations may keep troops in Afghanistan

Some NATO nations may keep troops in Afghanistan

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Oct 20, 2015 - 15:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A top commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATOinfo-icon) on Tuesday said some US allies were interested in keeping some of their troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon beyond 2016.

The Associated Press quoted Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO commander in Europe, as saying members states had not yet announced exact numbers of the soldiers they wanted to stay in Afghanistan.

“We have been in contact with some of NATO member states, which played a great role in the Afghanistan mission earlier and they assured us of full support in this regard, he added.

Earlier, the Italian prime minister had said his country was considering keeping some soldiers in Afghanistan, where 850 German, 760 Italian and 500 Turkish troops are currently stationed to train the Afghan army.

Last Thursday, President Barack Obama announced 9,800 American troops would remain in Afghanistan through next year, citing increased Islamic State and Talibaninfo-icon activities in the war-hit country.

Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama said he had also decided to keep 5,500 troops in Kabul and at a few bases, including those in Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar.

Gen. Breedlove claimed: “Several of our largest contributors have already communicated with us that they will remain in their current posture.”

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