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NATO to train, assist Afghan forces after 2014

(Xinhua)

08:43, October 16, 2012

KABUL, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The NATO commits to launching a new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) after 2014, once the NATO-led foreign troops leave the country, a spokesman said Monday.

"NATO has committed to launching a new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces from 2015," NATO civilian representative spokesman, Dominic Medley, told a press briefing.

The NATO defense ministers, following a two-day gathering in Brussels in Belgium, on Wednesday endorsed the broad political framework for a new training mission in Afghanistan after 2014.

"NATO defense ministers and the ministers from potential operational partners concluded the first stage of planning for that new mission. This will guide the military experts as they take the planning process forward," Medley said, adding that "it is expected to agree on a detailed outline early next year, and to complete the plan well before the end of 2013."

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