US demands combat forces from Turkey for Afghan war

Washington has 3 demands from Turkey as part of US President Barrack Obama’s new Afghan strategy.

US also sees “combat role” for Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan.

US ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey has announced Washington’s requests at a meeting with a group of journalists.

Stating that Turkey is one of the countries that have the “best cooperation” with the USA on Afghanistan, ambassador Jeffrey said they expected “more active role” from Turkey.

Ambassador Jeffrey said that in this framework, their most important expectation from Turkey is increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, as well as the amount of financial aid and experts. But the envoy avoided to mention the number.

Jeffrey said they also expected “flexibility” on terms of Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan.

Each soldier to deploy in Afghanistan is actually regarded as “a combat force”, he said.

Final demand of the USA is Turkey’s sharing its experience in the fight against terrorism with Pakistan, according to the envoy.

Turkey says has 800 non-combat troops deployed in Afghanistan.



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