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US envoy: Allies strongly support Afghan plan

BRUSSELS (AP) - President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan says America's NATO allies are strongly supportive of the administration's plans for the war despite its unpopularity in Europe.

Richard C. Holbrooke says he expects European governments to soon pledge more forces to join the 30,000 new U.S. troops being deployed to Afghanistan. He says success will depend on close cooperation between all 43 troop-contributing nations and countries such as Japan that provide development aid to the government in Kabul.

Holbrooke spoke ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers that opens later Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will brief the ministers on Friday.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said the allies will contribute more than 5,000 more troops to the war effort.

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