President George W Bush on Thursday said he was concerned NATO allies will grow weary of the conflict in Afghanistan and withdraw their troops.
"My biggest concern is that people say, 'Well, we're kind of tired of Afghanistan and, therefore, we think we're going to leave'," Bush said in his final press conference of the year.
The United States has been frustrated by the unwillingness of NATO countries to contribute more troops to the conflict in Afghanistan against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
US, British, Danish, Dutch, Australian and Canadian troops have been doing the heavy fighting in Afghanistan, while countries like France and Germany limit their soldiers to peacekeeping roles in relatively safe areas of the country. dpa mm aw
TAGS: Middle-East AfghanistanBush