US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the troop surge strategy decided by President Obama is necessary to roll back the Taliban and hasten military disengagement from the region.
Clinton said she would seek more allied commitments for “troops, trainers and resources” in Afghanistan at NATO talks in Brussels this week. Gates has asked NATO member countries to send a combined total of between 5,000 and 7,000 extra troops to the Afghan front, a request Danish NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen pledged to meet. Although the European Union issued a statement saying that it was “ready to work closely with the USA and the international community to help resolve the Afghan crisis”, so far only the UK and Poland have pledged a specific number of troops (500 and 600 soldiers respectively).
Date created : 2009-12-02