1 800 US troops for Afghan counter terror

2014-06-04 16:32
Sgt Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

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Brussels - The US military said on Wednesday that about 1 800 of the nearly 10 000 US troops the US plans to leave in Afghanistan at the end of the year would be conducting counter terror operations, providing that specific breakout for the first time.

The military said other nations may also be willing to provide counter terror forces, although no final decisions have been made.

The revelations came as the top US commander in Afghanistan told reporters at a Nato meeting that he believes there will be no problem getting enough allied troops to reach the 12 000-force total officials believe is needed in Afghanistan to train and assist Afghan forces beyond 2014.

"Right now, I don't have any concerns getting to 12 000," said Marine General Joseph Dunford.

Of that number, the U S would contribute 8 000 to train and assist Afghan forces. Italy, Germany and Turkey have all committed to providing forces to secure parts of the country. Next year, the US would have troops in the east and south, while the Italians will be largely in the west, the Germans in the north and the Turks in Kabul.

Asked for an assessment of the Taliban, Dunford told reporters that he believes there is friction within the insurgency.

The US and Nato combat mission in Afghanistan will come to a close at the end of this year. Nato defence ministers meeting this week discussed which countries would continue to provide forces into 2015 and beyond. The US has said it will leave 9 800 forces at the end of this year, cut that number about in half by the end of 2015 and have just a small force, in the hundreds, there after 2016.

At the same time, the US and allies have committed to funding an Afghan force - now at about 352 000 - for several more years. Dunford said the Afghans need to sustain that level for "the next few years."

There is broad acknowledgement that there are several areas of needed improvement for the Afghan forces, including the air force, logistical systems and the ability to plan for, budget and buy needed equipment.

- AP
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