Sweden May Send More Soldiers to Afghanistan

Sweden is considering sending more forces to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

The Swedish military wants to immediately increase the current force in northern Afghanistan from 250 to 275. In the longer term they want to send a further 100 soldiers.

Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg says he is considering the proposal, weighing the needs for an overall strategy for Swedish peacekeeping missions abroad.

The Swedes are serving in the NATO-led force of 31,000, as part of the Partner for Peace program. At a stopover in Estonia Tuesday on his way to a NATO summit in neighboring Latvia, American President George W. Bush urged  members of the western military alliance to ”accept difficult assignments” in Afghanistan.