NATO Antes Up in Afghanistan
Posted on Dec 4, 2009
On the heels of President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, NATO has followed suit, pledging to add 7,000 troops to its forces there in “solidarity” with the U.S. —JCL
Nato nations today pledged an extra 7,000 troops for Afghanistan as the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in Europe to drum up more military support for the campaign, acknowledged that America was becoming “weary of war”.
At least 25 nations would provide the additional forces from next year, “with more to come”, the Nato secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told reporters after talks with Clinton.
“The strongest message in the room today was solidarity,” Rasmussen said. “Nations are backing up their words with deeds.”
AP / Geert Vanden Wijngaert
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media at alliance headquarters in Brussels on Friday.