NATO says UK may increase Afghan troops

Just seen on the bbc web site
UK 'may increase Afghan troops'

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is Nato's secretary general
Britain may increase its military commitment in Afghanistan to help fill gaps in Nato's deployment there, a spokesman said.
James Appathurai, speaking for Nato's secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, said the UK was considering "potentially increasing" its force.

The Ministry of Defence has not confirmed any plan to reinforce the 7,700 UK troops already in Afghanistan.

These are mostly in Helmand province, in the south of the country.

Mr de Hoop Scheffer will call on member states to increase their military presence in Afghanistan at a Nato summit in the Netherlands on 24 and 25 October.

He played down the prospect that Canada or the Netherlands might downscale their presence in the south of Afghanistan.

Mr Appathurai told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "In the south, we don't think the Dutch are going to leave. The Canadians are looking at exactly what they can do.

"The British are talking in the south not only about keeping what they have but potentially increasing it.

"We are not pessimistic at all. We hope the Dutch will stay, we hope the Canadians will stay and we are working to convince them to do that in one form or another."

Politicians of all parties have previously said the UK is bearing too much of the burden in Afghanistan.

Don't think its been posted yet but might be wrong
Interesting times, Also the Head Cheese of the US Marines as talking of about the fact that the Marines are too heavy and need to move to a lighter role and Afgan would be perfect.

Taken with a big pinch of salt and the reported article by the 12 Army Officers re the get out now or start a conscript :? for Iraq .

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer must have one of the hardest jobs in the world and not that much of a return for any of his efforts, hat of to the chap.

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