Washington has announced it is boosting its forces in Afghanistan, and at the same time is calling on NATO countries to also provide more. A brigade of 3,200 troops will go to Afghanistan instead of Iraq, ahead of expected heavy fighting with Taliban forces.
US President Bush also wants NATO to lift restrictions on where and how their forces can fight: “For NATO to succeed, allies must make sure that we fill the security gaps. In other words, when there is a need, when our commanders on the ground say to our respective countries, ‘we need additional help,’ our NATO countries must provide it in order to be successful in this mission.”
The US has about 27,000 troops in Afghanistan, of which about 15,000 are in the NATO force. Democrat politicians have often accused President Bush of focusing too much on the war in Iraq.