US welcomes more Spanish troops to Afghanistan

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The United States on Friday welcomed Spain's announcement that it was sending some 500 extra soldiers and trainers to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Washington - The United States on Friday welcomed Spain's announcement that it was sending some 500 extra soldiers and trainers to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Spain's fresh contribution "demonstrates the firm resolve of allies and partners to seize this moment of opportunity and advance our shared mission in Afghanistan toward success," said National Security Council spokesman Michael Hammer.

Spain's 1,068 troops currently in Afghanistan are located in the west of the country.

"The United States looks forward to continuing its close consultations with Spain and other allies and partners in the weeks and months ahead," Hammer said.

The commitment comes in addition to the nearly 7,000 additional troops that US allies and partners announced at NATO meetings in early December, Hammer said.

US President Barack Obama has pledged an extra 30,000 US troops to bolster the 71,000 already in Afghanistan fighting a Taliban-led insurgency that has become more virulent and deadly over the past year.

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