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PublishDate: Saturday, February 2, 2013 11:07

Nato not to let Afghanistan become safe haven for Taliban

It said that 33 out of 34 provinces are under the security lead of ANSF - representing about 78 percent of the country’s population.

Nato released its annual report in Brussels saying that it will not allow Afghanistan to become the safe haven of insurgents, even as it flagged serious gaps in defence spending from its partner countries. 

In the first part of the report which addresses Afghanistan, Nato is optimistic about the future of the country saying its strategy in Afghanistan will not change and the mobilisation and support of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will continue 

However, Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen released the report saying that defence spending among the allies is increasingly uneven, not just between North America and Europe, but also among European allies.

“If these spending trends continue, we could find ourselves facing three serious gaps that would place Nato’s military capacity and political credibility at risk in the years to come,” he said.

Nevertheless, the confidence of the 28-member coalition in the Afghan mission remains strong, according to the report.  

It said that 33 out of 34 provinces are under the security lead of ANSF - representing about 78 percent of the country’s population.

The report also noted that during 2012, some 5600 opposition fighters joined the government peace and reconciliation programme.

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