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NATO meeting to address Afghan challenges

BRUSSELS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Top NATO officials are expected to discuss efforts to expand the Afghan National Army at a meeting in Poland Thursday.

The growing difficulties NATO's International Security Assistance Force is facing in Afghanistan will be a key point in discussions Thursday during a NATO meeting in the Polish city of Krakow.

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The meeting is an informal session scheduled to address NATO priorities ahead of the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government taking place in April in Germany and France, NATO reported.

At the top of Thursday's agenda, according to a NATO release, is addressing the ongoing challenges of expanding the Afghan National Army and finding ways to strengthen the Afghan police to counter widespread corruption and the Taliban's narcotics trafficking operations.

NATO officials are also expected to discuss the Kosovo mission and ongoing counter-piracy operations. The ministers will hear from the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the NATO-Georgia Commission.

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