Dec 7, 2009 12:26 PM by Associated Press

NATO allies pledge up to 7,000 troops

NATO says its 28 member nations and 15 partner countries have confirmed pledges for nearly 7,000 additional troops to serve alongside the 30,000 reinforcements committed to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says in a statement that there are strong indications that some nations may pledge even more troops following an international conference in London next month.

The Obama administration expects its allies to provide up to 10,000 reinforcements.

Counting the 30,000 new U.S. troops and the 106,000 foreign soldiers already serving in Afghanistan, the international force would number over 140,000 by the middle of next year.




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