In this file photograph taken on August 10, 2017, a US soldier sits in the rear of Chinook helicopter while flying over Kabul. (AFP / SHAH MARAI)
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NATO's pledge to send more troops to Afghanistan still falls short of commitments, U.S. commanders said Thursday, concerned that fewer reinforcements could threaten the already precarious security situation in the country.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this week that NATO allies and the United States would split the burden of providing some 3,000 more troops, an increase that would take NATO's training mission to about 16,000 troops.Two diplomats said that at this stage, the United States is likely to provide 2,800 troops, while non-U.S. NATO allies and partners will send an additional 700 troops, potentially making up a 3,500-strong personnel increase.Prior to the meeting of NATO ministers, U.S. officials said about 80 percent of the troop commitments had been met by the allies.
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