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NATO deploys 200 soldiers in Afghanistan's Farah

Around 200 NATO soldiers, mainly Italians, have been deployed

to Afghanistan's volatile western province of Farah, officials confirmed, after attempts by Taliban fighters in recent months to overrun its capital city. The announcement on Sunday came two days after the Pentagon said it would deploy some 300 US Marines to the southern province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014. The troops will mainly train and advise local forces, NATO officials say, but the deployments underscore how foreign forces are increasingly being drawn back into Afghanistan's conflict. "At the request of the Farah provincial governor, Gen. John Nicholson (top US commander in Afghanistan) has authorised approximately 200 coalition members to support Afghan National Defense and Security Forces," NATO said in a statement. "They will conduct their train, advise, assist mission for approximately one week on location."