The United Kingdom intends to increase the number of its troops from 600 soldiers to 1,050, in Afghanistan, the London South East has reported.
According to the report, UK defense minister Gavin Williamson in a letter to Britain’s prime minister has asked him to increase the number of UK soldiers in Afghanistan.
In the meantime, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg in a meeting with the United States President Donald Trump in the White House has said that the organization wants to increase its support to Afghan forces in fighting “terrorism”.
“We are stepping our efforts in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan, where we are increasing the number of trainers and the support for Afghan government,” said Stoltenberg.
The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan meanwhile said currently the Afghan Air Force (AAF) carry out more strikes against insurgents than the US forces.
The Resolute Support spokesman Martin O’Donnel said 50 percent of Taliban’s incomes come from drug trafficking which negatively impacts Afghans’ lives.
“Fifty percent of their incomes come from drug trade,” O'Donnel said.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that in addition to an increase of military pressure on Taliban, the regional countries should play their role in resolving Afghanistan crisis.
“Uzbekistan is taking an integrated approach to its central Asia neighbors and especially Afghanistan will unlock economical potential for your people and all the people in the region,” said Mattis.
Washington has said that holding meetings by religious scholars inside and outside Afghanistan will put the group under more pressure this year.