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NATO: More troops

NATO military chiefs yesterday backed reinforcements and more resources for troops in Afghanistan, an alliance spokesman said.

However, no decision was made on how many extra troops would be sent to the region, NATO military committee spokesman Colonel Massimo Panizzi said.

The issue is likely to be discussed in talks next week in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The United States is debating whether to add up to 40,000 US troops, and President Barack Obama is expected to make a decision soon. Britain on Wednesday pledged an extra 500 soldiers.

Panizzi said the chiefs of defense from 42 nations involved in the war in Afghanistan also called for a new "people-centric" approach to the campaign that would focus on protecting Afghan civilians.

NATO contributes roughly two-thirds of the more than 100,000 international troops currently in Afghanistan.


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