Turkey Relents on Rasmussen; NATO Sends only 3000 Troops to Afghanistan

Turkey relented on Saturday and agreed to allow Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, to become head of NATO if a Turkish assistant was appointed for him.

Milliyet reports:

‘Erdogan said Turkey had received “guarantees” from Obama that one of Rasmussen’s deputies would be a Turk and that Turkish commanders would be present at the alliance’s command. “Our president (Abdullah Gul) said OK after receiving information that Obama will be the guarantor of resolution of the problems relating to the reserves we had expressed,” he told reporters in Istanbul.’

In other developments, NATO agreed to send only 3,000 new troop. The European NATO members praised the the civilian aid and negotiations with some less radical Taliban factions that form centerpieces of US President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan policy.

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