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The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
Afghan parliament approves U.S., NATO agreements (23.11.2014)
Afghanistan's parliament has approved bilateral security agreements with the United States and separately with NATO that allow international troops to remain in Afghanistan past the end of this year.
President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said.
Afghanistan: Regierung beschließt ISAF-Folgemission (19.11.2014)
Auch nach dem Ende des ISAF-Einsatzes soll die Bundeswehr in Afghanistan bleiben. Das hat die Bundesregierung am 19. November beschlossen. Ab Januar 2015 sollen sich bis zu 850 Soldatinnen und Soldaten unter der Führung der NATO an der ISAF-Folgemission Resolute Support beteiligen.
Foreign workers' compound targeted in Kabul (19.11.2014)
The attack on the large compound, known as the Green Village, is the second this week targeting foreign workers.
As of January 1, the remaining German military presence will act under a new training mission dubbed "Resolute Support." Berlin had originally foreseen between 600 and 800 troops for the non-combat campaign. However, the new mandate increases the limit to 850 military personnel.
Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of pursuing a "dual policy" toward his country that has led to the expansion of extremism in the region.
NATO chief vows no loss of gains in Afghanistan (06.11.2014)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday reaffirmed the alliance's commitment to stabilising Afghanistan and ensuring that the gains made are preserved after the foreign combat mission ends in 2014.
The new Afghan president said, "Peace is out highest priority" and then invited what he called Afghanistan's political opposition, "particularly the Taliban," to participate in inter-Afghan dialogue.
A fleet of planes and helicopters airlifted the last U.S. and British forces from a key base in southern Afghanistan on Monday, a day after the international coalition closed the massive facility and handed it over to the Afghan military.