"These are uncharted waters for NATO"


HELPING HAND: De Hoop Scheffer, at right, with Afghan President Karzai

You've said that NATO's credibility is on the line in Afghanistan. Does the Alliance have enough troops there to do the job? Definitely. There are approximately 10,000 [soldiers] there, so the forces and the equipment are in place to support President Hamid Karzai and the electoral procedures [leading up to the Oct. 9 presidential election]. It's NATO's ambition now to go west, down to Herat, so I think we're on the right track. It's never been in the cards that NATO would be able to pacify the whole...

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