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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gates Warns NATO on Afghanistan

KIEV -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized NATO on Monday for failing to send enough troops and other resources to Afghanistan, setting the stage for tense alliance discussions later this week.

"I am not satisfied that an alliance whose members have over two million soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen cannot find the modest additional resources that have been committed for Afghanistan," Gates said.

The Pentagon chief has repeatedly complained that NATO members have failed to deliver on promises made to Afghanistan more than a year ago.

While he has expressed concern about a shortage of more than 3,000 trainers for the Afghan security forces, commanders also need more combat troops, helicopters and other equipment.

Gates, after meeting Eastern European defense ministers, told reporters that he would press NATO on Afghanistan commitments during a meeting in the Netherlands this week.