EU NATO Afghanistan

February 21, 2013 - 4:30 PM
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Afghan soldiers stand at attention during the third phase of a transfer of authority ceremony from the NATO- led troops to Afghan security forces in Kunar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. NATO is strongly considering a proposal to continue funding a security force of 352,000 Afghan troops through 2018, as part of an effort to maintain security and help convince Afghanistan that America and its allies will not abandon it once combat troops leave in 2014, senior alliance officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)