03/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

US Unlikely To Request More NATO Troops

With America's allies likely to rebuff requests to send more combat troops to Afghanistan, many Pentagon officials want President Barack Obama to alter U.S. policy and seek NATO help only in other areas such as police training and support for democratization, defense officials said.

Obama called for more NATO combat troops while he was campaigning for the presidency. But the officials said that NATO allies are unlikely to defy the majorities of their citizens who are opposed to deeper involvement in the war, and he'd squander political capital on an almost certainly futile bid to convince them otherwise.

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