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NATO seeks aid for Afghan effort

October 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

NATO military chiefs called for reinforcements and more resources for Afghanistan's national security forces, an alliance spokesman said.

NATO did not say from where the reinforcements should come, and no decision was made on sending more NATO troops to the region, said military committee spokesman Col. Massimo Panizzi. The issue probably will be discussed Thursday and Friday at talks in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Panizzi said the chiefs of defense from 42 nations involved in the war in Afghanistan also called for a new "people-centric" approach to the campaign that would focus on protecting Afghan civilians.

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