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By David Brunnstrom and David Morgan
KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - The United States called on its NATO allies Thursday to provide more forces to provide security for Afghanistan's presidential election in August, but had only a limited response.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he would not seek a specific number of additional NATO troops from a meeting of NATO defense ministers in the Polish city of Krakow.
But he said Washington would like to see a short-term deployment of troops to Afghanistan from the alliance's rapid response force, the NRF, which has never been utilized.
U.S. President Barack Obama authorized 17,000 more U.S. troops for Afghanistan this week, taking the U.S. contingent to around 55,000, in addition to the 30,000 from 40 other mostly NATO countries already operating in Afghanistan.
Some European allies have announced plans to send more troops, but these numbered in the hundreds, not thousands, and Germany said the NRF should not be used for Afghan duty.
"The NRF should not be used as a reserve," German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung told reporters in Krakow. "The NRF has fundamentally different tasks."
KRAKOW, Poland: NATO officials say they are confident Pakistan's government remains a dedicated partner in the fight against terrorism despite a decision to impose Islamic law in a strategic northwestern territory.
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said at an informal meeting of the organization's defense ministers that Pakistan is "part of the solution." NATO spokesman James Appathurai said the organization believes Islamabad has the "firm intention" to tackle extremism.
A deal reached Monday in Pakistan allows the imposition of Islamic law in the former tourist resort of Swat and surrounding districts in exchange for an end to a brutal insurgency that has killed hundreds and sent up to one-third of the area's 1.5 million people fleeing.
Originally posted by ItsallCrazy
I hope the UK are going to send some troops over
France said it had no plans to send additional forces. 'Little to contribute' The UK, which has the second largest force in Afghanistan, said it had made no decision on whether to send more troops.