The Obama administration is in advanced talks with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies for a coordinated rollout of a new Afghan war strategy, which U.S. officials hope will include a commitment by European allies to send several thousand additional troops.
U.S. and European estimates of the new troops they may get from NATO allies vary from 3,000 to 7,000. Those would complement the additional U.S. forces Mr. Obama is considering; those options range from 10,000 to 40,000, but U.S. officials have said a combination of combat troops and training forces totaling 35,000 has gained the most momentum.
The more troops Obama is able to coax NATO countries out of, the fewer US troops will be sent, meaning that at least some will be in reserve for a potential upcoming US/Israeli led military attack against Iran.
However, the war in Afghanistan is very unpopular among citizens of NATO countries.
In NATO countries, unlike the US, politicians actually listen to their citizenry on issues like this.
It will be interesting to see what the total NATO troop commitment will be, other than a mere token force.