NATO has asked Britain to consider sending more troops to Afghanistan amid rising fears over security in the troubled country, it has been reported.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is due to meet Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street on Wednesday and is expected to discuss the subject, according to the BBC. It comes as the US is considering increasing its military presence.

There are currently about 500 British troops in the country, providing security, assistance and advice in Kabul and training at the Afghan Officer Academy. The last UK combat troops left in October 2014.

A request for more troops is said to have been made over the past few weeks.

The US is sending at least 3,000 more soldiers to the Middle Eastern country to fight the Taliban, according to US reports.

There are 13,000 NATO troops in the country at present, 8,400 of them from the US.The Taliban has been creeping back, including regaining ground in Sangin province where many British soldiers lost their lives.

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