Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he is considering a NATO request for more troops in Afghanistan, as U.S. President Donald Trump considers whether to expand the NATO-led mission there by several thousand.

Turnbull did not specify the details of the request from Nato’s military authorities, which he received during a visit to Afghanistan late last month, although he said he was “open” to the idea.

Afghan forces being trained by their NATO allies have only tenuous control in Afghanistan almost 16 years into the intractable war against the Taliban, the remnants of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and other Islamist Groups. Australia currently has nearly 300 troops stationed in Afghanistan, training and advising Afghan Forces.

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