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Nato begins hunt for more troops

Nato will seek this week to find reinforcements for its hard-pressed troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere after a plea by the alliance’s top military commander. The first one, on Wednesday, would seek to obtain enough pledges to send up to 2,500 extra soldiers to Afghanistan. General James Jones, Nato’s supreme allied commander Europe, said last week that he urgently needed a reserve battalion of about 1,000 soldiers plus air support involving up to 1,500 more in the wake of the unexpectedly tough fighting in Afghanistan. The defence chiefs of Nato’s 26 member countries agreed at the weekend to hold two “force generation” conferences this week to meet the shortfalls. Full Story

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