(NEW YORK) -- As the U.S. tries to work out a post-war security pact with Afghanistan, NATO allies are moving ahead with their own strategy for after 2014. The New York Times reports that NATO's plans are contingent on what Washington and Kabul work out as well as financial commitments from both the U.S. and Europe amounting to $4 billion annually. U.S. and European lawmakers may not approve the funding unless they feel there are enough troops on the ground to oversee how the financial assistance is spent.
If the money is approved, NATO's plan is to provide between 8,000 and 12,000 soldiers, about two-thirds of them American. In that instance, there would be more of an emphasis on military managers to look after the $4 billion than combat trainers.
Afghanistan is also in a tight position. While the government would like to see a minimal foreign military presence after what will have been 13 years of war, Kabul knows that billions in financial assistance depend on a significant coalition force remaining behind in Afghanistan after most troops leave in 2014.
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