European members of NATO have pledged an extra 5,000 troops and trainers to help enforce security in the lead up to the Afghan elections.

President Obama called the troop committment “a strong down payment on [the] future of our mission in Afghanistan.”

There are more than 70,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, mostly from the United States. About 1,000 of the troops are Australian.

(Source: ABC News website)

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