Brown to push for 5,000 extra troops in Afghanistan

Author: By Joe Churcher and James Tapsfield, Press Association

Britain has pledged to provide a 500-strong reinforcement to help train up
Afghan security forces if partner nations will share the burden.

The Prime Minister is now lobbying some of the 43 nations involved in the
International Security Assistance Force to make their own contribution to a
fresh push.

“I have taken the responsibility of asking others in Europe, and outside
Europe actually, if they will back this strategy which is partnering the
Afghan forces, mentoring the Afghan forces,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today.

“We need our other Nato allies to help. I am asking them to help. I think we
can probably get another 5,000 forces into Afghanistan from that Nato and
outside Nato group and Britain will be part of that.”

He spoke out as allies continued to await a final decision by US President
Barack Obama over whether to send hundreds of thousands of additional US
troops.

Mr Brown said his conversations with the White House had left him assured the
UK strategy was “very much in line with what President Obama wants to
achieve”

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