Afghanistan

NATO Pledges 7,000 More Troops

Europe isn’t leaving President Obama hanging: The NATO secretary-general announced on Friday that the alliance will contribute 7,000 new troops to Afghanistan, making the total commitment, when you add in American forces, to 37,000 new troops. Obama had sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier in the week to press NATO allies. It’s unclear, exactly, where the new troops are coming. Britain has pledged 500 new soldiers, while Italy, Poland, Georgia, and Slovakia have commitments ranging from a few dozen to 1,000. Rasmussen didn’t specify, though, which countries were contributing to the 7,000.