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NATO to add 7,000 troops for Afghan war

world Updated: Dec 05, 2009 00:26 IST

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NATO nations pledged at least 7,000 troops to back a new drive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, as the United States urged its partners to help finish the war in Afghanistan.

Eight years after driving the Taliban out of power, more than 40 nations are preparing to boost troop numbers in Afghanistan up to around 150,000 over 18 months to launch a new offensive against the insurgents.

“This is our fight, together. And we must finish it together,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ministers, after President Barack Obama ordered in more than 30,000 extra US troops.