NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on Wednesday an additional 4,000 troops, were needed to provide security for Afghan elections in August, on top of up to 17,000 extra U.S. troops to be deployed this year.
The United States is sending a combat aviation brigade of some 3,500 soldiers with more than 100 helicopters over the next six weeks, doubling the number of U.S. helicopters in the country.
A further 8,000 U.S. Marines with another 50 helicopters will arrive over the next two months followed by a Stryker brigade of some 3,500 to 4,000 troops, the U.S. military said.
Here is a breakdown of current national deployments in Afghanistan, which total at 70,140 troops as of March 18: Country Troops United States 38,000 Britain
8,300 Germany 3,640 Canada
2,830 France 2,780 Italy 2,350 Netherlands 1,770 Poland 1,590 Australia 1,090 Romania 900 Spain
780 Denmark 700 Turkey
690 Czech Republic 580 Other countries 4,140 Source: Reuters; U.S. military; NATO (www.nato.int/isaf/docu/epub/pdf/isaf_placemat.pdf)
(Compiled by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)