NATO to stay on in Afghanistan
NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to stay the course, despite Afghanistan overtaking Iraq to become the world’s most terrorist-afflicted country and mounting Afghan casualties amid the slow pace of peace efforts.
Dec 6, 2018
BRUSSELS: NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to stay the course, despite Afghanistan overtaking Iraq to become the world’s most terrorist-afflicted country and mounting Afghan casualties amid the slow pace of peace efforts.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that the security situation in Afghanistan could worsen amid increasing casualty rates in the war.
Almost 25 % of all worldwide terrorism-related deaths during 2017 occurred in Afghanistan, the latest Global Terrorism Index released December 5 stated, citing a surge in attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State.
“It may actually become worse before it gets better in Afghanistan,” Stoltenberg said after two days of talks with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.
Attacks by the Taliban could increase as they attempt to strengthen their hand at the negotiating table, Stoltenberg said.
Since 2015, more than 28,000 Afghan police and soldiers have been killed in combat. The US also has experienced more casualties in Afghanistan this year, with 14 Americans killed in the country in 2018.
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