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MoD welcomes NATO’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan

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MoD welcomes NATO’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan
 In NATO defense minister’s meeting held in Brussels Tuesday, NATO decided to send 3,000 troops to Afghanistan. Officials for Afghanistan defense ministry have welcomed NATO’s decision in connection with sending in more troops to the country.
A spokesperson to MoD Gen. Mohammad Radmanish told The Kabul Times, “New NATO troops will train, help and support Afghan ground forces, commando, civil order and border forces. The US and NATO member countries that are sending in more troops to Afghanistan are very significant for us as ANA commando corps, border and civil order police and our ground forces need further training and advising; therefore ministry of national defense welcomes NATO’s recent decision for sending in more troops to the country.”
According to Afghan military experts, in consideration to current situation in Afghanistan it is necessary that the US and its allies should send in more troops to Afghanistan. Col. Muhayuddin, an Afghan military expert says for controlling current violence in Afghanistan, increasing of combat troops will be one of NATO’s key options as Afghanistan needs more foreign troops and military equipment to fully root out terrorist groups in the country.
“Currently it is very important to control ongoing situation and violence in Afghanistan and increasing of more troops should be for controlling the situation and making terrorist groups in particular Taliban resume peace talks with the government,” added Muhayuddin.
A number of Afghan politicians believe that military options in Afghanistan could prevent from falling more areas to terrorist groups, but the option cannot end the current war in the country.
Hadi Khalid, former deputy minister of interior affairs says the international community in particular NATO should provide more military equipment to Afghan security forces to strongly defend the country. Besides, we should also prefer to political settlement and reach political solution with warring sides.
“Afghanistan now needs close cooperation of the international community and the US and NATO member countries should provide further military equipment to Afghan national defense and security forces,” said Khalid.
NATO General Secretary Stoltenberg in a news conference after the defense minister’s meeting said that they were going to support the Afghan forces and would send in more military advisors to Afghanistan. “Our message is that we will continue to support Afghan forces with training, assistance and advice, but also with funding. We are not returning to a combat mission. We strongly believe that in the long run it is a better solution that Afghan forces are responsible for security in their own country themselves, and that we provide support to them,” said Stoltenberg. 
According to NATO General Secretary, NATO is stepping up its support. NATO is increasing the number of its trainers in Afghanistan from roughly 13,000 to around 16,000 next year. And it will especially focus on training special operations forces, improving the air force of the Afghans, and also schools, or education - military academies and schools.
Pointing to recent Taliban suicide attacks on non-military targets, Stoltenberg added that Taliban have been defeated in battlefield and have lost their capability to face Afghan security forces.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan is still facing with violence and imposed wars despite of 15 years of US and NATO forces’ presence in the country where the government has put counter terrorism effort in its top priority.
Suraya Raiszada

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