NATO Says 2014 Transition to New Afghan Mission on Target

Plans to withdraw NATO military forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 are on target and defense ministers are drafting a new mission to provide support and training for Afghan security personnel after they leave.

“We remain committed to launching a new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces after 2014,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists in Brussels today. “Tomorrow, I will look to ministers to endorse the broad framework for that new mission in Afghanistan.”

NATO’s 28 members convened today in Brussels to discuss Afghanistan, the security situation in Syria and ways to maintain European defense amid budgetary cutbacks.

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