Overlooked Ally Stands with U.S. in Afghan War

Reporting from Afghanistan.

Amid the debate in Washington over whether or not to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, it would be easy to overlook the fact that there are thousands of soldiers from other countries in the field with their American counterparts. There are the British, with thousands of Tommies on the line and a flow of body bags to prove it. So, too, the Australians and Canadians. Germany also has troops here as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as do the Dutch, among others. And then there are the truly small contingents, whose numbers are few but whose presence, for whatever the individual national reasons, underlines the international nature of the conflict.