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Kabul Welcomes NATO Expansion --> NATO soldier in Afghanistan (file photo) (RFE/RL) 9 December 2005 -- Afghanistan has welcomed NATO's decision to expand its stabilization force.

Alliance foreign ministers decided on 8 December that in 2006 they would add up to 6,000 personnel to the 9,000 troops in the NATO-led stabilization force.

They also agreed to expand into the south of Afghanistan.

Speaking on 9 December, Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi welcomed the move, saying it would boost security and allow U.S. troops to concentrate more on fighting the Taliban-led insurgency in the country.


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