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NATO to increase troops in Afghanistan, SG

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 3000 new troops in Afghanistan! 

Secretary General said in a press conference in Brussels “We have decided to increase the size of our Resolute Support training mission. From 13,000 to around 16,000. With our assistance, Afghan forces have increased military pressure on the Taliban. 
Ensuring they did not achieve their strategic objective of capturing a provincial capital in 2017. And we strongly support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. I commend President Ghani for his courageous leadership. His offer to the Taliban is the clearest invitation to peace yet. So I call on the Taliban to come to the negotiating table.”he added in saying that the NATO Secretary General confirmed the commitment - made before - to increase the size of the Resolute Support Mission from 13,000 to 16,000. This uplift will occur during the course of this year. 
NATO does not have the luxury of choosing just one challenge. That is why in 2017, we also stepped up our efforts to project stability beyond our borders and to contribute to the fight against terrorism. Our mission in Afghanistan, NATO’s largest, is helping to train Afghan forces. So that they can fight terrorism and secure their own country. Secretary General said.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, NATO has been determined to ensure Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism. 
NATO’s longstanding support to Afghanistan has three key pillars: the Alliance’s Resolute Support Mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions; financial support for the Afghan security forces; and the NATO- Afghanistan Enduring Partnership.
Resolute Support is a non-combat mission launched in January 2015 following the conclusion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat mission and the assumption of full responsibility for the country’s security by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. The Mission’s purpose is to help Afghan security forces and institutions develop and sustain the capacity to defend their country and protect its citizens. Resolute Support Mission engages directly with Afghan security forces and ministerial officials in order to provide them with training, advice and assistance. That assistance is focused primarily on operational planning, budgetary development, force generation, personnel management, logistics and civilian oversight of the military. 
NATO’s assistance to the Afghan security forces and institutions grew in 2017, following the adoption of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s multi  year security plan to improve the effectiveness of Afghan forces and foster conditions for a future political settlement to the con ict. To support the implementation of this plan, NATO Allies and partners decided to increase the Resolute Support Mission force level from approximately 13,000 personnel in 2017 to roughly 16,000 personnel in 2018. Thirty-nine NATO Allies and partners contribute to the mission with troops on the ground.
In 2017, assistance from Resolute Support Mission helped Afghan forces increase military pressure on the Taliban and other groups, denying insurgents their strategic objective of capturing a provincial capital. At the same time, Afghan military forces are becoming more sophisticated and effective. Afghan Special Forces, for example, are growing in size and are now assessed to be among the best in the region. Other notable improvements are the increasingly effective use of Afghan airpower in support of Afghan ground forces and the continuing transition from Soviet-era helicopters.
The Alliance also supports Afghanistan by 
contributing to the financial sustainment of the Afghan forces. Although Afghan financial support for its own forces has been growing steadily, international assistance remains necessary. That support is delivered through three main trust funds: NATO’s Afghanistan National Army Trust Fund; the US Afghanistan Security Forces Fund; and the United Nations Development Programme’s law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan. At the 2016 Warsaw Summit, Allies and partners agreed to continue to nancially support Afghan security forces at least until 2020. In 2017, non-US NATO Allies and partners contributed almost USD 1 billion in funding to the Afghan forces.
Since 2010, the NATO-Afghanistan Enduring Partnership has provided a framework for long-term political consultations and practical cooperation between NATO and Afghanistan. The Enduring Partnership includes a series of mutually agreed programmes, many of which support capacity-building and military education of Afghan security forces. The partnership recognises the strategic importance of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan and is intended as a bridge towards a more traditional partnership based on political dialogue and practical cooperation between NATO and Afghanistan in the longer term. 
NATO Allies and partners also continue to support an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. This process is spearheaded by the Kabul peace process, which met in June 2017 with all key regional stakeholders. 
In this report also mentioned about Iraq because Secretary General said we training Iraqis troops like we do in Afghanistan. NATO’s training and capacity-building in Iraq is an important part of the Alliance’s effort to terrorism and project stability. The Alliance is working to strengthen the Iraqi Armed Forces’ ability to conduct operations as well as the country’s resilience against terrorism