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NATO Allies Resist Calls for More Troops

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January 15, 2008
International News
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“All 26 NATO nations have soldiers in Afghanistan and all agree the mission is their top priority. But the refusal of European allies to send more combat troops is forcing an already stretched U.S. military to fill the gap, and straining the Western alliance.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday authorized the deployment of about 3,200 U.S. Marines in April to meet an expected surge in Taliban violence, raising the number of American personnel there to around 30,000, the highest since the U.S.-led 2001 invasion.” (LA Times)