Canada and the Netherlands will urge fellow NATO members to send troops to the troubled southern regions of Afghanistan, their defense ministers said, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Sept. 19. Canada and the Netherlands plan to press the issue at an informal meeting of NATO ministers in the Dutch town of Noordwijk on Oct. 25. Last week Germany, one of almost 40 countries in the 40,000-strong International Security Assistance Force, said it had no plans to change its Afghan mandate that confines its soldiers to the more stable north. (Reuters)

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