NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Thursday that NATO will increase its troop presence in Afghanistan in order to support the ongoing Resolute Support Mission.

In February, General John W. Nicholson Jr, commander of the American-led international military force in Afghanistan, testified before Congress that the coalition has reached a stalemate with Islamist Extremist forces in the country, specifically the Taliban.  He explained that he had enough American Special Operations troops for their role in the mission, but was lacking military advisors needed at lower levels of Afghan command.  Nicholson specified that the troop influx he required did not need to be American, and could feasibly come from any of the 39 nations participating in operations throughout the country.

In the months since, President Trump has delegated the authority to determine troop commitment in Afghanistan to Defense Secretary James Mattis, though no decision has publicly been made about an American troop surge in the country thus far.  Other NATO nations have been reluctant to promise any troop increases either, often for domestic political reasons.

“The Taliban had a good year last year, and they’re trying to have a good one this year,” Mattis said at the time. “Right now, I believe the enemy is surging.”