NATO says at least 20 countries plan to increase their troop levels in Afghanistan, following U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement of a 30,000-troop boost to the war-torn nation. NATO spokesman James Appathurai told reporters NATO members had shown a clear determination to support President Barack Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan – not just through rhetoric, but by dispatching more troops. “I can confirm we have now well over 20 countries that are indicating or have already indicated they intend to increase the amounts of forces they have in the country – in Afghanistan. This is on top of the 38,000 (troops from other NATO members and allies) that are already there, taking into account a doubling over the past two years,” he said.
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