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NATO Pledges 5,500 More Afghan Troops

From a deeply saddened Reuters:

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

NATO allies commit 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan

By Luke Baker And Andrew Quinn Fri Dec 4

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Twenty-five NATO allies promised on Friday to send around 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan, backing President Barack Obama’s new war strategy and reinforcing efforts to defeat the Taliban.

The extra commitment fell short of the 10,000 troops Pentagon officials had originally hoped for and did not account for some 4,900 Dutch and Canadian troops already due to leave the field in 2010 and 2011.

After a day of meetings to sell Obama’s new strategy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was pleased with "significant contributions" of both combat troops and trainers, which Washington hopes will allow Afghan forces to begin taking over security responsibility by mid-2011…

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said more countries could join the 25 promising to contribute new troops in the next few months.

Despite the headline figure of 7,000 extra forces announced by Rasmussen, a breakdown of the numbers provided by NATO sources showed pledges for only 5,500 troops, with 1,500 more to be confirmed later.

And of the 5,500, at least 1,500 are already in the country and will not now be withdrawn as planned, NATO sources said.

The Canadian and Dutch withdrawals, which will see some of the most battle-hardened forces leave, will also dent the non-U.S. contribution, U.S. officials conceded…

Something tells that there will be a disproportionate number of ‘trainers’ as opposed to ‘combat troops’ in this number.

And note, too, that even this 7,000 5,5000 is far short of the 10,000 that our ‘allies’ were expected to contribute.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NATO Pledges 5,500 More Afghan Troops”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    (sigh) Why bother?
    25 nations and they can only shiite 5,500 for their “effort”?
    I hope they get use to kneeling 5 time a day looking towards Mecca.
    (serves them right)

  2. wirenut says:

    We don’t need help as I see it. Turn our military loose! No more handcuffing of their efforts. The most well trained military
    might in the world, is being hamstrung by political correctness. If we are not to win, then I want our citizen soldiers out.
    NOW! Americans raise the Stars and Stripes, for freedom and liberty for all. Not slavery and mediocracy for some.
    Give me NATO, give me UN. Give me a white flag. We’re better than that! Screw them.

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    Remember when if you effed up big time, you got sent on eternal tdy to Diego Garcia, or painting bouys in the Aleutians?

    Something tells me that the 5500 from 25 countries arent actually volunteering for this trip…I’ll bet every one of them has a jacket full of less than admirable comments……

    Yes, NATO’s contribution reminds me of them agreeing to sending a belt of ammo each and then crowing about how much they contributed to the overall cause…..douchebags….

  4. wirenut says:

    So the 5500 are castaway targets from the last prison reform legislation?

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