Australia considering NATO request to send more troops to Afghanistan, says PM

Australia considering NATO request to send more troops to Afghanistan, says Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull is considering the request

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Prime Minister of Australia has said he is considering sending more soldiers into Afghanistan.

Malcolm Turnbull's announcement came in the wake of a formal NATO request for the country to deploy more soldiers to the Middle East. 

Turnbull didn't give any more specific information to journalists in a press conference in Sydney, but made it clear he thought it important for the allies to continue working together. 

NATO's mission in Afghanistan includes roughly 13,450 soldiers - 6,900 of them are US troops. 

Reuters reported in February that Donald Trump and his adminstration were looking to send between 3,000 and 5,000 more soldiers to the country.

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