NATO foreign ministers are meeting on how to handle a daunting and simultaneous array of security challenges facing the alliance, from Afghanistan and the Middle East and North Africa to a rearmed and resurgent Russia.
On the Afghanistan front, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. made the case that US and coalition forces would have to stay until the Taliban uprising of late has been extinguished.
Newly appointed supreme commander of NATO Mike Scaparrotti summarized Nicholson’s plan of action for Afghanistan:“It’s a means to realize our objective of a stable and secure Afghanistan that is not a haven for terrorists any longer… I think that’s what I take away from General Nicholson’s report, and I think it’s important that the [military chiefs] also heard it today.”
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