U.S. Sending As Many As 4,000 Troops to Afghanistan — NATO May Send Half That


While the U.S. could send as many as 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, NATO members are considering sending less than half of that, according to several officials.

President Trump has approved sending up to 3,900 U.S. forces to implement the new strategy, but NATO members have so far pledged between 1,000 to 2,000, according to a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan.

“Roughly, yes, that is,” said Swedish Royal Navy Capt. Jon Dunmurray, when asked if that was the ballpark figure. “[It’s] something in that area.” A U.S. official in Afghanistan confirmed that discussions have been in that range.

Any new NATO forces would not likely arrive until 2018, Dunmurray said. Meanwhile, more U.S. forces are expected within weeks, the U.S. official said.


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