News From NATO

By MichaelJames

Apr 4, 2009 10:04am

At today’s NATO summit in Strasbourg, France, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was chosen as the new secretary general of NATO. The selection was made over early Turkish opposition based on Rasmussen’s handling of the Danish cartoon controversy.

Coming out of today’s plenary sessions, the NATO countries have agreed to new commitments, including up to 5,000 new military and police trainers. The commitments include:

–Paramilitary trainers to train Afghan police (between 300-400 French; Italians pledged 100 today).

–Troops to provide election security, including 3,000 new troops from allies and partner nations to back up 17,000 U.S. troops (new troop commitments include 900 from Britain; 600 German and 600 Spanish).

–$100 million in new commitments for Afghan national army trust fund, including $57 million from Germany.

–Operational Mentoring Liaison Teams. More than 70 groups of 20-40 individuals to go out with Afghan army units to provide mentoring and training in field (not unlike special forces unit embedded with unit). Force comprises 1,400-2,000 individuals. Eleven new countries committed to this effort.


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