Afghanistan Conference War-Weary NATO Members Look for Morale Boost

Thursday's Afghanistan conference in London saw pledges of money for Taliban defectors and promises of more troops for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But with the prospects for success vague at best, the psychological impact on the war-weary NATO countries was more important than any decisions made at the summit.
Britains Prime Minister Gordon Brown poses with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai inside 10 Downing Street ahead of Thursday's Afghanistan conference in London.

Britains Prime Minister Gordon Brown poses with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai inside 10 Downing Street ahead of Thursday's Afghanistan conference in London.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan