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UK mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan: report

AFP  |  London 

Britain could substantially boost its troop numbers in following demands from US that NATO members "pay their fair share", reported today.

is believed to have asked for 400 more soldiers to be sent to help the fight against the Taliban, adding to the 600 already training Afghan forces.

Trump announced last year that the US would send an additional 3,500 troops to secure areas that had fallen under control and has frequently warned that members need to fulfil their commitments to NATO spending.

"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defence," Trump said at in last year.

May is due to make an announcement at a NATO summit in July, where it is anticipated Trump may turn the screw even further.

(MoD) said it remained "committed to NATO's ...mission, in which we play an important role, and keep our contribution under constant review." Richard Barrons, a former of Joint Forces Command, said Britain needed to acknowledge that challenges still remained in

"When we left it was not the case that the and the were strong enough to tip the balance against the and that now has to be reset," he told the 4 Today programme.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 17:00 IST
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