Up to 12,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan post-2014: US

NATO may station up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan to train and assist Kabul's forces after the alliance's combat mission there against the Taliban ends in 2014, US officials said Friday.

US Pentagon spokesman George Little said NATO was considering deployment of between 8,000 and 12,000 troops, including any US contribution, but no final decision has yet been made. Reports of a US presence alone of 8,000 to 12,000 troops "are not correct," he added.