NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in Iraq

Brussels (AFP) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday the alliance had made “no final decision” on the future of its Afghanistan mission, as new US President Joe Biden weighs pulling out troops.  While defence ministers held off on making that call at a two-day virtual conference, they did decide to expand a NATO training mission in Iraq from 500 to “around 4,000” personnel.  The fate of NATO’s 9,600-strong support mission in Afghanistan was top of the agenda after former US leader Donald Trump struck a deal with the Taliban to pull troops out. Biden’s administration is rev…

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