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The existence of NATO has been threatened

February 8 2008

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has feared the collapse of NATO. He issued a warning to the allies, saying their disagreements have arisen with respect to operations in Afghanistan, threatening the very future of the alliance.

Speaking in the U.S. Senate, Pentagon chief noted that the major fighting in the most dangerous southern Afghanistan are U.S. troops, Britain, Canada and the Netherlands. Other members of the Alliance prefer to keep their troops in the relatively safer northern provinces. As a result, the minister said, many soldiers lost all desire to fight.

According to Gates, in general, this approach makes a military unit in a two-tiered, where some allies willing to fight and die, while others - no, according to RDA.

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