NATO’s New Momentum
“As the war in Afghanistan entered its ninth year, NATO promised a new push to deliver control of the nation to its people sooner. Spurring the new momentum is an influx of thousands of troops that will help the Alliance’s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, increase security in the country and give it the added clout to fight insurgents.
NATO expects 2010 to be a decisive year in Afghanistan. The coalition will follow a wider political, and more people-centric, strategy to “lay the groundwork for greater Afghan leadership in its own affairs,” NATO secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Alliance foreign ministers in December 2009.
That will be a challenge. Insurgents in Afghanistan increased strikes on coalition troops and ramped up suicide bomber attacks. Insurgents killed more civilians in 2009 than in previous years, NATO reported.
On Jan. 29, 2010, representatives from 70 nations met in London for a summit on Afghanistan hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The summit aimed to refocus on what the coalition must do to secure the nation to allow Afghan forces to begin taking control of some security this year...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “NATO’s New Momentum,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 48-49.
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