North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief sees quick decision on joining anti-IS coalition

British PM hosts NATO chief

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will continue its support for the global coalition fighting Daesh but will not engage in combat operations in Syria or Iraq, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

The number of troops that the United States will add to the fight in Afghanistan will depend on how many additional forces North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supplies to expand the battle against terrorists there, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Israel Tuesday.

The US has an additional 1,500 soldiers conducting assist missions directly under Pentagon command, the report said. "We're open to that", Mr Turnbull said on Friday.

US officials said the administration's developing policy would focus less on the global troop numbers needed and more on providing resources for increased Afghan air power and special forces.

Further explaining the concept of victory for President Trump, the White House official said: "We need to fully eliminate any threat around the globe, frankly, not just in Afghanistan, that poses a threat to our people and our allies".

However, Turnbull added Australia would have to consider the commitments of their defense forces in the Middle East and other parts of the world before agreeing.

Forty-two Australian soldiers died in Afghanistan and almost 250 were wounded in what became the ADF's longest combat operation.

"We are certainly open to increasing our work there", Turnbull said but did not specify the details of a request made US Defense Secretary James Mattis during a visit to Afghanistan late last month.

"I strongly believe that the best thing you can do to fight against terrorism is to train local forces, enabling them to stabilise their own country and to fight terrorism themselves", he said.

As the administration of President Donald Trump weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the 16-year war grinds on in bloody stalemate.

More than 2,200 US troops have died in Afghanistan since the USA invasion in October 2001.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have called for new deployments to Afghanistan.

USA soldiers attend to a wounded soldier at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 30, 2015.

Forty Australian personnel were killed in combat in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013 and more than 250 were wounded.

The Pentagon submitted its much-anticipated strategy proposal to the White House earlier this week, which would expand the USA military role in the fight against the Taliban and relax Obama-era restrictions on the movement of US military advisers on the battlefield.

A decision could be taken by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers in June, according to an alliance official.

"We have now moved beyond the involvement in the direct fighting phase".

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