North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to boost Afghan mission by 3000 troops

Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Micael Byden talks with U.S. soldiers during the joint NATO exercise'Aurora 17 at Save airfield in Goteborg Sweden

Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Micael Byden talks with U.S. soldiers during the joint NATO exercise'Aurora 17 at Save airfield in Goteborg Sweden

About half the additional troops will come from the United States and the other half from non-US Nato allies and partner countries, Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg stressed the soldiers would not have combat roles but would be part of Nato's train, advise and assist mission called Resolute Support.

NATO defense ministers will agree the basis for a revision of the command structure at their quarterly meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

Speaking a day before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence ministers meet in Brussels, Stoltenberg said the alliance would boost its presence "to help the Afghans break the stalemate, to send a clear message to Taliban to the insurgents that they will not win on the battleground".

"We have chose to increase the number of troops.to help the Afghans break the stalemate", Stoltenberg said.

This was to add to the roughly 3,000 U.S. troops who are already dispatched to train and advise the country´s security forces under President Donald Trump´s new Afghan strategy.

The Nato contribution would take the mission, which is said to be building up Afghanistan's army and air force, to around 16,000 troops, up from around 13,000, Stoltenberg said.

Under a new strategy announced by US President Donald Trump, defence secretary Jim Mattis said in September that more than 3,000 additional American troops will be deployed to Afghanistan. The extremist group Islamic State (IS) has also stepped up attacks.

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