NATO is struggling to remain unified over the war in Afghanistan after the United States raised concerns that some members of the Western alliance were not willing to let their troops "fight and die" to defeat the Taliban.

Canada will pull its 2,500 troops out of Afghanistan in early 2009 unless NATO adds soldiers in the dangerous southern region, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday, signaling Ottawa has lost patience with what it sees as allies' foot-dragging.

More than 1,300 U.S. Marines are now based at an airbase southwest of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. The forces are already patrolling the area, hoping to cutoff any attempt by Taliban fighters to escape from the besieged city.

Latest News