Merkel: Germany not "first in line" to boost troops in Afghanistan

In February, Army General John Nicholson, the USA commander in Afghanistan, said he needs several thousand more global troops to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

In the same hearing, the head of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency said the situation would worsen unless USA trainers worked with Afghan soldiers closer to the front line, their numbers increased and there was greater intelligence and surveillance.

Today, reports are suggesting that the actual plans presented are down to two basic options, one which is the escalatory plan that involves around 3,000 troops, and a "less kinetic" option that involves keeping troop levels in the country flat, and limiting direct USA involvement to "high-value" targets.

The news comes ahead of a major conference of Allied leaders and growing speculation that President Donald Trump will commit thousands of additional USA troops to the troubled nation.

President Donald Trump's winning strategy in #Afghanistan means reducing the threats posed by Taliban and the Islamic State, the White House said.

"And we must strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan's security forces and government".

"We must deny al-Qaeda a safe haven", Obama said at the time. What are we doing to achieve the goals that you are asking about?

Spicer disagreed with the suggestion that sending more troops to Afghanistan would negate the promise Trump made during the election campaign of ending the Afghan war.

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"I welcome that very much and hope that allies are starting to increase also their investments in defence".

The Taliban have already overrun areas in the south of the country once controlled by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.

Australia now has 270 troops stationed in Afghanistan for training and technical assistance to Afghan troops.

"We have been asked to consider additional resources, and we are actively considering that".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has received a request from military chiefs for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan, according to Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance's secretary-general, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.

The ANSF will nearly certainly remain heavily dependent on foreign military and financial support to sustain themselves and preclude their collapse, he said. The main theme behind the new strategy is a sustained U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

In February, the top US commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson, shockingly told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the almost 16-year old war in South Asia with the Taliban was essentially a "stalemate".

  • Sonia Alvarado