dglobalnews.com CPSA Opposes NATO's Plan To Increase Troop Levels
Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

CPSA Opposes NATO's Plan To Increase Troop Levels

CPSA Opposes NATO's Plan To Increase Troop Levels

USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have since been receiving requests for more troops to boost the Resolute Support mission, which now stands at about 13,450 troops, including about 6,900 us military personnel training and advising the Afghan armed forces to take over Afghanistan's defense and security.

The NATO secretary general highlighted the leading role Germany played in Afghanistan's north, noting that "If there is any increase, which is not yet decided, then we will go out and ask all allies and partners".

There are now around 270 ADF personnel on the ground in Afghanistan, assisting local forces in advisory and training roles, but after the Taliban regained ground in the region over the last 12 months, the prime minister said it was important to continue to "secure" the area.

Rodger Shanahan, a research fellow at the Lowy Institute and former army officer in Afghanistan, said Australia was committed to staying until 2020 so should achieve everything it can in that time.

So it's no surprise that some elements of a new Afghanistan strategy started to emerge in the press this week as the result of an internal review, including bumping up USA forces there by 3,000 beyond the (approximate) current troop level of 9,000.

Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the Defense Intelligence Agency's director, is telling a Senate panel the US must do "something very different" in Afghanistan or else the Taliban will make new advances on the battlefield.

The request followed Mr Turnbull's recent trip to the region, where he met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and General John Nicholson, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan.

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Forty Australian personnel were killed in combat in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013 and more than 250 were wounded.

In February, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson, shockingly told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the almost 16-year old war in South Asia with the Taliban was essentially a "stalemate".

The team was looking at the mission and the strategy holistically, not just in Afghanistan, but beyond that country, the official added.

"If you talk to Afghan troops, they say they desperately need the help", Hendren said.

At the White House briefing, Spicer not only said that President Trump wanted to win the war in Afghanistan but also explained how the president defined this victory: "Reducing, minimising and eliminating" the threat of terrorism in Afghanistan and across the globe.

Now there are over 13,000 foreign troops, including 8,400 Americans, in Afghanistan.

Coats said the fighting will also continue to threaten USA personnel, allies, and partners, particularly in Kabul and urban population centres. It is believed that the U.S will send in between 3,000 and 5,000 additional soldiers while other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries are also in the process of reviewing their troop levels.

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