Security in Afghanistan likely to 'deteriorate': US intelligence

Security in Afghanistan likely to 'deteriorate': US intelligence

It quoted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as saying after a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May: "We will make decisions on the scale and scope of the mission within weeks but this is not about returning back to a combat operation in Afghanistan".

Turnbull's comments come in the wake of a United States request for more support, which was made during his April 25 visit to Afghanistan.

A defence source said: "The PM has agreed to NATO's request in full".

"It will continue to be a train, assist and advise operation", Stoltenberg added, the reprot said.

"We are certainly open to increasing our work there, but we've obviously got to look at the commitments of the Australian Defence Force in other parts of the region and indeed in other parts of the world", Mr Turnbull said.

Australia reportedly has 270 military personnel in the war-torn country, majority in Kabul, where they provide training, advice and assistance for Afghan security forces.

"Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Theresa Whelan said these proposals would be created to "move beyond the stalemate" with Taliban insurgents", Breitbart News reported.

While in Afghanistan Mr Turnbull met with both US Defence Secretary James Mattis and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander there, General John Nicholson.




The West Australian understands Australia has received a request from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for a "small number" of new troops as fears grow about the deteriorating security situation and signs Islamic State is gaining a foothold in the country. This could allow USA advisers to work with Afghan troops below the corps level, potentially putting them closer to fighting, a US official said.

The Pentagon submitted its much-anticipated strategy proposal to the White House earlier this week, which would expand the USA military role in the fight against the Taliban and relax Obama-era restrictions on the movement of US military advisers on the battlefield.

"In Afghanistan we are up against a determined enemy".

US President Donald Trump has criticised Germany for not spending more on its own defence, and the issue could figure prominently at the upcoming summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders on May 25.

The journalist reminded him that at one point the United States had more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and yet it could not eliminate the threat.

More than 26,000 Australian soldiers served in Afghanistan between the first deployment and the country's withdrawal in 2014.

"We have now moved beyond the involvement in the direct fighting phase". It is believed that the U.S will send in between 3,000 and 5,000 additional soldiers while other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries are also in the process of reviewing their troop levels.

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