The United States' NATO allies will agree to increase their Afghanistan mission by 3,000 personnel, matching the same numbers being deployed by the U.S. as its longest war stalemates in its 16th year. Julian Satterthwaite reports.
The United States' allies in NATO are set to deploy 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, matching the Trump administration's boost to its forces there. That, as the alliance's longest war ever faces a stalemate after 16 years of fighting. NATO says the personnel won't have a combat role and will be used in its training mission with the Afghan army. Romanian and American soldiers seen here with their students. But the line between support and combat can be a blurry one. NATO's defense chiefs meeting Wednesday (November 8) at their headquarters in Brussels. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO SECRETARY GENERAL, JENS STOLTENBERG, SAYING: "NATO will continue to support Afghanistan and we have decided that we will strengthen our support." The White House's strategy for the war rests on these deployments, along with a stronger Afghan military and increased support from regional allies like India. It's a turnaround for President Trump, who campaigned on promises of a speedy withdrawal. It also entails a harder line against Pakistan -- their troops seen here patroling the Afghan border. The States has accused the country of harboring militants, which Islamabad denies. Now the new deployments will bring Western troop levels to over 20,000, still far below the 2011 peak of more than 100,000.