LONDON: There are currently 500 British troops in the country, offering security in its capital, Kabul, and training at the Afghan Officer Academy. The NATO request was made within the last few weeks. NATO’s secretary general is due to meet Theresa May at Downing Street on Wednesday where they are expected to discuss the subject. The US military are also recommending sending at least 3,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, US media report. British armed forces fought the Taliban and al-Qaeda for 13 years in Afghanistan, from 2001 to 2014. The bulk left in October 2014, but 450 remained to train and advise local Afghan forces. In July, 50 extra troops were sent to provide leadership training.