NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the European and other U.S. allies will send more than 5,000 new troops to Afghanistan, declaring that the war is not America's alone.
In 2010, the non-U.S. members of this mission will send at least 5,000 more soldiers to this operation, and probably a few thousand more, Fogh Rasmussen told reporters.
This will be in addition to the 38,000 troops allied nations have there now, Rasmussen said. But he did not specify where the troops would come from and how many would be from Europe.
This is not just America's war, what is happening in Afghanistan poses a clear and present danger to the citizens of all our countries, Fogh Rasmussen said.
The U.S. now has 71,000 troops in Afghanistan, while other NATO members and allies collectively have 38,000 there. With the reinforcements, the international forces will grow to more than 140,000.
The Afghan army has about 94,000 troops, and is slated to expand to 134,000. The Afghan police number about 93,000. The foreign and Afghan forces face an estimated 25,000 Taliban insurgents.