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Trump Faces Difficulty Getting More NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Trump Faces Difficulty Getting More NATO Forces in Afghanistan
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By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:59 AM

President Donald Trump's call for greater troop commitment in Afghanistan from NATO forces is going to be a difficult sell, Stars and Stripes reported.

In his speech Monday night, the president called upon NATO to increase forces in the war-torn country "in line with our own," which is expected to be an increase of about 4,000 U.S. troops.

Some member nations have committed nominal increases, but getting large-scale increases is problematic for Trump on two fronts, according to Stars and Stripes:

  1. The effort in Afghanistan hasn't been anywhere near a success.
  2. Smaller countries don't have the military that's in line with the U.S.

For example, the Republic of Georgia has 870 troops in Afghanistan, the largest per-capita contributor of any country, including the U.S., Stars and Stripes reported. Georgia has said it will not be sending more troops.

"This is difficult for Trump, for the U.S. generals and for NATO," Judy Dempsey, an expert on NATO with think tank Carnegie Europe, told Stars and Stripes. "It is very hard to know if there is a big appetite from NATO allies to go along with this. The bottom line is the mission in Afghanistan hasn't been a success."

An additional 4,000 U.S. troops would bring the U.S.' commitment to 12,400; the rest of the member nations of NATO comprise 40 percent of the forces in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes reported.

For its part, NATO on Tuesday gave full-throated support to Trump's strategy.

"NATO remains fully committed to Afghanistan and I am looking forward to discussing the way ahead with (Defense) Secretary (James) Mattis and our Allies and international partners," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

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