During a visit to NATO at Brussels on Tuesday, March 10 US vice-president Joe Biden appealed to NATO allies to help the United States tackle worsening security in Afghanistan. According to Biden "The deteriorating situation in the region poses a security threat not just to the United States but to every single nation round this table (...) It was from that remote area of the world that al-Qaida plotted 9/11 and subsequent attacks". Biden also said "we need to look at Afghanistan and Pakistan together because success in one requires progress in the other."

Biden solicited ideas to reverse a losing military strategy in Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama's policy to bring more European allies on board to fight the Taliban-led insurgency. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called on NATO to boost efforts before August 20 Afghan elections.

On Sunday, March 8 CBS news reported Obama Seeks New Taliban Strategy President Barack Obama says he hopes U.S. troops can identify moderate elements of the Taliban and move them toward reconciliation.

The Obama administration has ordered 17,000 more U.S. troops to the country to bolster the 38,000 already there as a way to turn the tide. NATO has about 25,000 non-American troops in Afghanistan. Washington's allies have been reluctant to increase their troops levels.

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For more information about this subject in the Peace Palace Library catalogue see for example:

Combination Afghanistan and AlQaeda

Keyword Taliban

Combination Afghanistan and NATO

Combination USA and Afghanistan

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