Following a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he “was pleased, very pleased” to hear America’s NATO allies “reaffirm their commitment, discussing not whether, but how to continue the mission in Afghanistan. And of course, that is also the view of the United States.”

Carter told reporters that he and America’s allies discussed both troops levels and funding for the war in Afghanistan, “both in 2016 and in the years thereafter.”

“And I think there’s complete agreement within the alliance of the need to continue to do both of those — provide the funding that allows the Afghan Security Forces, which after all, is the force that is now the principle one charged with security in Afghanistan. Give it the resources it needs to sustain itself.

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