NATO's secretary-general says he is confident allies will send
"substantially more troops" to Afghanistan, giving new momentum to the
Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a NATO parliamentary assembly in Scotland
Tuesday, he expects more forces for the war-torn country, but only as
part of a wider strategy to eventually hand over security to Afghans.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the meeting Afghanistan needs to be built from the grass-roots level.
He said a winning political strategy would select and train, empower
and equip, mentor and monitor those responsible for governing Afghan
provinces and districts.
Also Tuesday, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico pledged to double the country's contingent in Afghanistan to around 500.
Mr. Fico made the announcement after talks with his British counterpart, Gordon Brown, in London.