October 20, 2015
NATO Nations to Keep Presence in Afghanistan, Officials Say
By Robin Emmott, Reuters
Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's top commander in Europe, said he had assurances that NATO countries will continue alongside the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. While discussions of exact numbers are still continuing, the biggest national deployments are not in doubt, he said.
"Several of our largest contributors have already communicated with us that they will remain in their current posture," Breedlove told Reuters.
He declined to give details. But a second senior NATO official said Germany, Turkey and Italy were willing to remain in Afghanistan at their current levels....
Germany, as the top NATO-country contributor, has around 850 troops in Afghanistan, followed by Italy with 760 and about 500 for Turkey, according to the latest NATO data.
"We should make any changes on our troop structure based on conditions on the ground, not on schedules," Breedlove said. "Other nations are already ringing in that they are committed."