Kabul, Afghanistan – On Wednesday, General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer [NATO Secretary] said an additional four battalions [some 4,000 troops] were needed to provide security for Afghan elections in August. There are 17,000 U.S. troops and around 70,000 foreign soldiers in Afghanistan are due in the country over the year.
According to the Afghan constitution the presidential election is to be held in spring but the date was postponed until August due to the Afghan winter and to give foreign troops enough time to ensure security.
NATO commanders have been urging member states to send temporary deployments to secure the elections but had not previously given any numbers.
As the third largest troop contributing nation in Afghanistan, Germany has already committed 600 extra troops for Afghanistan Election. Current day, Germany contribute 3,500 soldiers that placed in Afghanistan.
Violence in Afghanistan is at its highest levels since the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.Based on United Nations data, some 5,000 people, including more than 2,000 civilians, were killed in fighting last year alone.