Turkey says no more troops for Afghanistan
Turkey has firmly objected to scaling up its Afghanistan-based contingent, shortly after a call by the US for substantial troop contributions, Press TV reported.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said, "Turkey has already done what it can do by boosting its contingent of soldiers there to 1,750 from around 700 without being asked," Reuters reported.
Erdogan made the comments before leaving for a meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington.
The announcement marked a reversal on the part of Ankara, which has cooperated with the US-led war efforts by deploying non-combatant troops to Afghanistan since 2001 when the United States led and invasion into the violence-torn country.
Turkey has also began going further against Washington and its allies by denouncing the US-backed Israeli carnage of the Palestinians and in its attempts at strengthening relations with other Muslim countries in the region.
Obama has promised to reinforce the roughly 110,000-strong US-led forces in Afghanistan by 30,000 extra American troops. NATO has, meanwhile, also vowed to commit 7,000 more soldiers to the war.
Afghanistan is currently grappling with unprecedented violence despite the current troop levels.