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Strength of NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is not yet defined

25.06.2013 17:59

On 5 June, the NATO summit in Brussels was completed; it discussed the prospect of a new, non-combat mission of the coalition forces in Afghanistan, which is to begin in 2015.

The Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that during this mission, NATO forces will maintain a limited presence on the territory of the IRA. The foreign troops' tasks will be focused on supporting and advising the Afghan law-enforcement agencies.

Rasmussen also said that the responsibility for the safety of trainers and consultants who will take part in the new mission will rest with the NATO forces and the final number of foreign troops has yet to be determined.

"Over the past 11 years we have provided the Afghans space so that they can build their future," said the head of NATO in conclusion. "By means of the new mission, we will support them, but in the end it is the Afghans who are destined to decide their future."