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Dispatches From Afghanistan / NATIONAL SECURITY

Who Are America's NATO Allies in Afghanistan?—PICTURES

May 7, 2012

The scope of NATO's job in Afghanistan is grand, and the bloc's approach has been to set up outposts—regional commands—across the country. Look at a NATO map of Afghanistan and you'll see a patchwork of allied flags marking individual contry's areas of responsiblity. 

Here's a closer look at which countries are taking party in the war.

(RELATED: Dispatches From Afghanistan—Complete Coverage)

A French soldier salutes during a ceremony to transfer security operations from the French NATO forces to the Afghan army in Surobi, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 12, 2012. The process of taking over security from around 100,000-member NATO-led International Security Assistance Force by Afghan troops should be completed by the end of 2014, when the Afghan army will take over the full leadership of its own security duties from the U.S. and NATO forces.(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

France has more than 3,300 troops in Afghanistan, stationed in Regional Command East.(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

An Italian soldier, part of the NATO-led forces, carries a NATO flag during a change-of-command ceremony in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. Italy has 3,800 troops stationed in western Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)


Soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force stand in formation as Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, unseen, attends a ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif north of Kabul earlier this year. Swedish troops number 500; they're in the capital, Kabul, and the north, where Mazar-i-Sharif is located.(AP Photo/Mustafa Najafizada)

Canadian soldiers (right) attend a graduation ceremony for Afghan soldiers at a military training center in Kabul. Canada's 500 troops are spread across the country, including in Kabul and Herat, which is in western Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Turkish soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, carry wreckage from the scene where a Turkish helicopter crashed on the outskirts of Kabul earlier this year.Turkey's 1,300 troops are stationed around the capital.(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)


The U.S. flag is lowered during the second phase of the ceremony marking the transfer-of-authority ceremony from NATO-led troops to Afghan security forces in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, east of Kabul. America's 90,000 troops, by far the largest contingent, are stationed throughout the country.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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