NATO weighs future of Afghan mission, seeks to support talks

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, looks at his watch before the start of a meeting of NATO defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Bru

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, looks at his watch before the start of a meeting of NATO defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Bru

Britain's Defence Minister Gavin Williamson, right, and Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, left, check papers during a meeting of NATO defence min

Britain's Defence Minister Gavin Williamson, right, and Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, left, check papers during a meeting of NATO defence min

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg bangs a gavel to signal the start of a meeting of NATO defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wed

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg bangs a gavel to signal the start of a meeting of NATO defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wed

Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, talks to NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for the media during a meeting of NATO defence

Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, talks to NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for the media during a meeting of NATO defence

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict.

Frustrated with America's longest war, U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to pull out troops, raising doubts about NATO's training operation in the strife-torn country.

Around 14,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, just over half with NATO and the rest doing counter-terror and combat operations.

Were U.S. troops to leave the NATO operation, some allies, like Germany, wouldn't be able to do their job as they rely on American air support.

U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is meeting with the Taliban and others to try to end Afghanistan's 17-year war. He briefed NATO ambassadors before Thursday's meeting.