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NATO Secretary-General says ready to send more troops to Afghanistan

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By Robert Hackwill
NATO Secretary-General says ready to send more troops to Afghanistan

<p><span class="caps">NATO</span>’s secretary general says the alliance is ready to send more troops to Afghanistan.</p> <p>Jens Stoltenberg says the scale and scope of the mission should be decided at an EU summit in June, and that the forces will be non-combat units.</p> <p>The alliance, and America’s longest-ever war grinds on, with the Afghan government in Kabul only in control of two-thirds of the country.</p> <p>“This is not about returning back to a combat operation in Afghanistan. It will continue to be a train, assist and advise operation, because I strongly believe that the best answer we have to terrorism, the best weapon we have against terrorism, is to train local forces to fight terrorism,” he said.</p> <p>But those local forces continue to be lacking as rampant corruption ensures many are “ghost” soldiers, their pay pocketed by officers who inflate their recruitment rolls.</p> <p><span class="caps">NATO</span> forces struggle to find reliable units they can trust to work with, and with terrain being lost to the Taliban the US has already decided to boost troop numbers again.</p>