(BBC) - NATO foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss stepping up the campaign in Afghanistan, in advance of an expected offensive from the Taleban.
The US says it will pour an extra $10.6bn (Р€5.4bn) into its Afghan effort and that 3,200 troops due to end their tour will remain an extra four months.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged NATO members to do more to help.
Separately, NATO said it may have killed a "senior Taleban leader and his deputies" in southern Helmand province, reports Trend.
The BBC's Rob Watson in Brussels says this latest push by Washington is motivated in part by a desire to show its NATO allies it is not abandoning Afghanistan despite its troubles in Iraq.