NATO is considering boosting troop numbers in Afghanistan in mission Resolute support. In an interview with the newspaper Welt am Sonntag said the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, reports The Telegraph.
The possible extension of the mission due to the “complicated” situation in the country in the field of security. Currently in Afghanistan, NATO’s military contingent, including serviced staff, is about 13 thousand people.
According to the Secretary General of the Alliance, the decision about a possible increase in the number of NATO troops will make in June 2017. The discussion is also the question of the increase in terms of rotation of troops. While the group of NATO troops updated annually.
In addition, Stoltenberg added that NATO may increase its presence in Jordan and Tunisia, which are called “Islands of stability” in a turbulent region.
Earlier, in February 2017, the commander of forces in Afghanistan John Nicholson called for more NATO troops in the country by several thousand people, reports the Guardian. “They can come from our allies and from the United States,” he said. According to Nicholson, there is a need to strengthen the contingent units less the housing to strengthen the mission of military advisers.
Ex-us President Barack Obama announced the beginning of troop withdrawal in Afghanistan in 2011. In October 2014 the last American base came under the control of Afghan security forces. While remaining in the country military NATO, which helps the government to fight militants.