NATO Allies to Send 5,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

December 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Soon after President Obama’s Afghanistan speech last night, the Chief of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, offered strong support for President Obama’s decision to deploy 30,000 additional troops. Rasmussen immediately committed at least 5,000 NATO troops, noting that al-Qaida terrorists in the region present a danger to the entire international community.

“In 2010, the non-U.S. members of this mission will send at least 5,000 more soldiers to this operation, and probably a few thousand more. This is not just America’s war, what is happening in Afghanistan poses a clear and present danger to the citizens of all our countries,” said Fogh Rasmussen.

It was not immediately clear where the 5,000 troops would come from. Poland, Albania, Italy, Finland and Spain, all indicated they would send additional troops to Kabul. The major European countries of Britain, Germany and France have remained silent on actual troop deployments.

The Afghanistan conference in London scheduled for late January, is expected to yield additional European troops to support Obama’s surge effort.

The U.S. now has 71,000 service men and women stationed in Afghanistan, with a supporting force of 38,000 NATO members. With the added deployments, the combined forces will swell to more than 140,000 soldiers.

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