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Gates asks allies to send troops to Afghanistan

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday urged southeastern European leaders to shift their military efforts from Iraq to Afghanistan, where their forces are more urgently needed

Speaking at a meeting here of the Southeast European Defense Ministerial, Gates said that as the security situation in Iraq continues to improve, countries should considered filling the “urgent need” for trainers in Afghanistan.

“Your assistance will not only help Afghanistan better protect and care for its citizens, it will also reinforce your important role in insuring peace and stability around the globe,” Gates said during a press conference with the Macedonian minister of defense.

via Gates asks allies to send troops to Afghanistan – Yahoo! News.

Well, it doesn’t look like they are willing to

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Written by Claudia

October 9, 2008 at 6:58 pm

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  1. [...] US Defense secretary Robert Gates asked European counterparts to send more troops, but they don’t seem to be willing to do so. [...]

  2. [...] Secretary of Defense actually asked for more troops, US even announced they were going to rely more on Afghanistan tribal militias. But [...]


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