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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO to continue Afghan troop training after leaving the country.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO will continue to train Afghan special forces outside the country after it winds up 18 years of security work in conflict-torn Afghanistan in coming months, the military organization’s top civilian official said Friday.

(1 of 6) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to reporters after his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace, Friday, May 21, 2021 in Paris.

(2 of 6) Security forces stand atop a building facing the Elysee palace while French President Emmanuel Macron meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Friday, May 21, 2021 in Paris.

(3 of 6) French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their talks Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Elysee palace in Paris.

(4 of 6) French President Emmanuel Macron, right, holds a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Friday May 21 2021. (Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP)

(5 of 6) French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg deliver a statement to reporters Friday, May 21, 2021 after their talks at the Elysee palace in Paris.

(6 of 6) French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hug Friday, May 21, 2021 after heir talks at the Elysee palace in Paris.

May 21, 2021

“As we end our military presence, we are opening a new chapter,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Paris after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron that were focused on preparations for a summit of the alliance’s leaders next month.

Stoltenberg said NATO’s revised role would involve giving “advice and capacity-building support to Afghan security institutions, as well as continued financial support.” He said NATO also plans “to provide military education and training outside Afghanistan, focusing on Special Operations Forces.”

It was not immediately clear where the training will take place. U.S. military leaders are still grappling with how best to carry out President Joe Biden’s order to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September while helping Afghan forces and monitoring the threat that prompted the U.S. invasion of the country after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

America’s allies in Europe plus Canada rely on U.S. logistical and transport help to operate in Afghanistan, and their troops are obliged to leave the country as well. Many officials have expressed concern that once the U.S. leaves, the Afghan government and its armed forces will be quickly overrun by the Taliban.

It remains unclear what level of security might be needed, and who would provide it, to protect international embassies spread around the capital, Kabul. The city’s airport, the main international gateway to Afghanistan, must also be protected.

Stoltenberg said NATO plans to “fund the provision of services, including support for the functioning of Kabul airport.” Asked for clarification, a NATO official said, “We’re now looking into the details and consulting on next steps.”

Violence is surging in Afghanistan. Roadside bombings in southern and central Afghanistan killed 13 people, including nine members of one family, officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, militants stopped a bus in the west of the country, ordered three men to get out and shot and killed them.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks. The government blamed the Taliban, who denied responsibility.

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Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in his first news conference as Pentagon chief, said Friday that progress toward peace in Afghanistan and an end to U.S. military involvement there depends on the Taliban reducing attacks.

(1 of 2) Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin smiles as he speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington.

(2 of 2) Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington.

February 19, 2021

“The violence must decrease now,” he told reporters. Austin, a retired four-star Army general who oversaw U.S. forces in Afghanistan and across the Mideast for three years during the Obama administration, said the Biden administration is “methodically and deliberately” assessing its next steps in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been present for nearly 20 years.

The U.S. has about 2,500 troops there, and Austin said there would be no “hasty” withdrawal. Under a deal with the Taliban struck by the Trump administration one year ago this month, the United States promised a phased withdrawal of troops, so that by May 1, 2021, all foreign troops would be gone. For its part, the Taliban committed to starting peace talks with the Afghan government, ending attacks on American forces, and publicly renouncing all ties to al-Qaida and other extremist groups.

Austin suggested the Taliban are not meeting their commitments. In remarks earlier Friday to a virtual meeting of the Munich Security Conference, President Joe Biden gave no indication of his plan for troop levels in Afghanistan. He pledged to support the peace process and to ensure that Afghanistan does not revert to being a launching pad for international terrorist attacks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in remarks following Biden’s address, said her government is willing to keep troops in Afghanistan longer if needed to ensure that the country does not descend into chaos.

“Withdrawal must not mean that the wrong forces get the upper hand again,” she said. The U.S. allies in NATO now have more troops in Afghanistan than does the United States, and they are awaiting Washington’s decision on whether to stick to the May 1 deadline. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday the allies are holding out hope for a “re-energized” peace process that could lead to a cease-fire as a step toward a final political settlement. Short of that, the choices for the U.S. and NATO are difficult.

“We are faced with very hard and difficult dilemmas,” Stoltenberg told reporters after Austin and his fellow NATO defense ministers consulted by video teleconference. “Because, if we stay beyond May 1, we risk more violence, we risk more attacks against our own troops, and we risk, of course, also to be part of a continued presence in Afghanistan that will be difficult. But, if we leave, then we also risk that the gains we have made are lost and that Afghanistan again could become a safe haven for international terrorists.”

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