February 22, 2013
Nato may station up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan to train and assist Kabul’s forces after its combat mission against the Taliban ends there in 2014, US officials said Friday.
US Pentagon spokesman George Little said Nato was considering deployment of between 8,000 and 12,000 troops, including any US contribution, but no final decision has yet been made.
Reports of a US presence of 8,000 to 12,000 troops “are not correct,” he said.
President Barack Obama “is still reviewing options and has not made a decision about the size of a possible US presence after 2014,” he said, adding that discussions will now continue with Nato allies and Afghanistan.