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NATO allies to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan as Washington steps up pressure on Pakistan

09 November 2017

NATO defence ministers have agreed to increase the size of the ‘Resolute Support’ mission in Afghanistan and vowed to exert pressure “at the highest level” on Pakistan to cut off what they described as “safe-haven access across its territory for the Taliban”.

“The size of ‘Resolute Support’ will increase from 13,000 to 16,000 troops,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on 9 November following a meeting in Brussels of 29 defence ministers with their ‘Resolute Support’ coalition partners.

Noting that not all posts sought by NATO’s military commanders have yet been filled, Stoltenberg said there had been “some new commitments” by existing coalition members, and that two new countries – Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – had formally expressed interest in joining ‘Resolute Support’.

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