Friday, April 4, 2008

NATO answers Harper's request for troops

Bucharest — NATO allies have answered Canada's call for troop reinforcements in southern Afghanistan, partly fulfilling Ottawa's conditions for extending a military mission in one of the deadliest regions of the country.

On the eve of a summit of NATO leaders, France agreed to send a battalion — in this case 700 troops — to eastern Afghanistan, freeing American troops to join Canadian soldiers in Kandahar province where the Taliban insurgency is particularly strong.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy defended the Afghanistan mission during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"If we want to leave Afghanistan one day, we must win today," he said.

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