Ahead of a two-day meeting with NATO defence ministers starting in Poland on Thursday, Defence Secretary Robert Gates (pictured) said the US expects NATO allies to increase their troops in Afghanistan before elections in August.
President Barack Obama has authorised the deployment of up to 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan, Reuters reports. The Joint Chiefs of Staff announced in December a planned increase of between 20,000 and 30,000 troops.
Gunmen attacked the presidential palace in Equatorial Guinea but were defeated by security forces, government sources said, blaming the attack on "rebel terrorists" from the Niger Delta. The region's main militant group has denied involvement.
At a meeting with US envoy Richard Holbrooke, Afghan President Hamid Karzai praised US President Barack Obama's plan for combating terrorism, adding that he would send a delegation to Washington to discuss the matter.
US envoy Richard Holbrooke (pictured) met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss US-led efforts to counter a Taliban-led insurgency as the Afghan leader warned of a "crisis" in relations with the United States.
US special envoy Richard Holbrooke (pictured) is in Afghanistan for talks aimed at devising new ways to defeat a
Taliban-led insurgency in the country that US intelligence sources say is broadening in strength and scope.
A French officer and an Afghan interpreter were killed, and another French soldier seriously wounded, during a battle with insurgents after their patrol hit a mine on Wednesday, according to the French defence ministry.
Eight rebel groups in Chad have united to prepare for renewed military action against the government of President Idriss Deby. Rebel leaders signed a deal in Sudan to form the Union of Resistance Forces.
Taliban militants killed three truckers in Pakistan who were returning after delivering fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks targeting supplies for foreign troops based in the Central Asian nation.