- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

STRASBOURG, FRANCE (AP) - President Barack Obama says NATO has a taken big step forward by promising to send 5,000 more troops and trainers to Afghanistan.

Obama says NATO’s decision will bolster security against the Taliban and other insurgents. Also, the new help will mean additional support for the Afghan army and training for Afghan police.

The president says the agreement reached at NATO’s summit to send more soldiers is strong down payment on the future of the alliance’s mission of Afghanistan.

Obama said Saturday in France that the U.S. and NATO nations have a common enemy in al-Qaida and its militant allies.

He says those terrorists have threatened every member of NATO.

In Obama’s words, “We are going to get this job done.”

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