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Asked repeatedly if there was any sign of the UK sending more troops and equipment to Afghanistan, the PMOS said referred journalists to General Butler’s reply to the Guardian today in relation to their report of yesterday. The remarks by the NATO Secretary General today had also made clear that the NATO allied forces were making real progress in Afghanistan. The forces consisted of over thirty thousand troops from thirty countries. There was an issue of getting more troops there, but that was a matter best dealt with by NATO. What was important was that people understood that we were, despite today’s attack, making real progress. Our thoughts and prayers were with the injured troops and with the families of the Afghan children who were killed in that attack. Asked repeatedly about more helicopters being sent to Afghanistan, the PMOS said again, those are matters best dealt with by NATO.

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