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>> Mr. Chairman, I believe we're in a stalemate.>> A call for more international troops in Afghanistan. General John Nicholson, the commander of the NATO led force in the country telling a US Senate committee this week that he had enough troops on the ground for counter-terrorism, but too few to advise Afghan forces on the ground, calling for a few thousand more.
The Afghan Defense Ministry agreeing on Friday that more international troops would be a good step in a battle against, what he called terrorism. Reuters correspondent Josh Schmidt is in Kabul.>> For most of the American war here in Afghanistan, the American military commanders have generally favored more troops here in Afghanistan than political leaders in Washington have been willing to provide.
So it is not a complete surprise that General Nicholson has now suggested that more troops may be needed. About 8,400 US troops remain in Afghanistan, well down from their peak of about 100,000 six years ago, their mission narrowed to training and counter terrorism.>> It remains to be seen, however, whether new US president Donald Trump is on the same page with that.
He has not said specifically whether he supports more troops, but according to Afghan officials, he has told Afghan president Ashraf Ghani that he would be open to the idea of providing more US trainers here should the military determine that that is needed.>> Trump speaking to Ghani for the first time on Friday since the former's inauguration last month.
People Reuters questioned on the streets of Kabul also supporting the call for more troops. The Taliban ousted by US led forces in 2001 but now leading a growing insurgency. Dismissing the idea though, an spokesman telling Reuters, it’s a dream that would just lead to more casualties and more suffering.