NATO chief: US troop cut won't hit Afghan security

By MIKE CORDER | June 9, 2011 | 8:15 AM EDT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, top, arrives at a meeting with NATO and non-NATO ISAF participating nations at the NATO Defence Ministers Summit in Brussels, Thursday June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's chief says he is confident U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan due to start in July will not affect security in the war-torn country.

Alliance Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was speaking after Germany urged the United States on Thursday not to pull too many troops out of Afghanistan next month, saying a major reduction in American forces could risk NATO's strategy in the 10-year conflict.

He also said there would be no "rush for the exits" by other NATO allies fighting in Afghanistan when America begins cutting its 100,000-strong force there.

The Obama administration has not yet released details of the planned reduction in its troop numbers in Afghanistan.