NATO has asked the United Kingdom to despatch additional troops to Afghanistan to strengthen the alliance's mission in the central Asian country, a development in which the UK troop presence in Afghanistan could rise by around 100 personnel, according to UK defence officials knowledgeable of the issue.
However, the UK's unique 'purdah' rules banning the release of controversial information during the country's current general election campaign prevent the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) from formally commenting on this issue on the record.
An increase in fighting across Afghanistan over the past year has led to growing concerns in NATO and allied capitals that more international troops are needed to turn back the tide against Taliban and Islamic State insurgents.
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