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Spain has announced it will boost its troop numbers in Afghanistan. It is expected to add a further 220 soldiers to the 780 already deployed as part of the 62,000-strong NATO force.

Spain approved the new troops partly in compensation for its decision to withdraw 620 military personel from Kosovo, which angered the United States. Madrid is also considering sending paramilitary civil guard police officers to help train Afghan security forces. France has ruled out sending more of its troops to the country. However, President Nicolas Sarkozy has agreed to send some 150 French gendarmes to assist in the creation of an Afghan police force.

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