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Nato runs critically short of combat troops to keep Taliban at bay

Tony Blair and other Nato leaders gathering in the Latvian capital, Riga, this week will almost certainly fail to secure the additional troops being sought to keep the Taliban at bay in Afghanistan, according to sources here. Although it took over responsibility for the whole country just a few weeks ago, Nato’s mission remains at least 15 per cent undermanned, with a significant shortage of combat troops and a desperate lack of helicopters. A succession of Nato meetings has failed to secure reinforcements, and all the indications are that the alliance’s Riga summit, presented as one of the most crucial in its post-Cold War history, will not be any more successful. Full Story

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