NATO in sovereign Afghanistan

REUTERS

June 25th, 2009 in Breaking News


WASHINGTON (Reuters) NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, boosted by a big influx of U.S. troops, will step up operations in Helmand province and the city of Kandahar soon, the top regional commander said on Thursday.

“We are entering a new stage in the operation,” Dutch Army Major General Mart de Kruif told reporters at the Pentagon in a conference call from NATO’s base at Kandahar Air Field.

The United States has been pouring thousands of troops this year into southern Afghanistan, the heartland of the Taliban movement and scene of the heaviest fighting, to prepare for an effort to regain the initiative from the insurgents.