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NATO still needs more troops to hold off Taliban

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Imagine what could have been if Bush and Blair didn't divert troops, equipment and money to Iraq. Bush doesn't even seem interested in talking about this problem, but then again, who wants to listen to him complain considering he went against most of the world and invaded a country that had nothing to do with the so-called war on terror?

Although it took over responsibility for the whole country just a few weeks ago, Nato's mission remains at least 15 per cent undermanned, with a significant shortage of combat troops and a desperate lack of helicopters. A succession of Nato meetings has failed to secure reinforcements, and all the indications are that the alliance's Riga summit, presented as one of the most crucial in its post-Cold War history, will not be any more successful.

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