NATO has announced it will deploy 2,000 more troops to Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary elections there in September.
A spokeswoman for the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan says the troops are to be deployed in July, about six weeks before the scheduled polling.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force now has more than 8,000 troops in Afghanistan.
Wednesday's announcement came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he believes attacks will increase and terrorism will rise in the run-up to the election.
The September vote will be the first parliamentary elections since the Taleban regime was toppled in 2001.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.