* NATO reputation could be damaged, MPs say
* Report urges Britain to give up anti-narcotics mission
By Adrian Croft
LONDON, Aug 2 Other NATO allies should
contribute more to fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan or risk
damaging the alliance's reputation, British legislators warned
"The failure of some NATO allies to ensure that the burden
of international effort in Afghanistan is shared equitably has
placed an unacceptable strain on a handful of countries,"
parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee said in a report.
"There is a real possibility that without a more equitable
distribution of responsibility and risk, NATO's effort will be
further inhibited and its reputation as a military alliance,
capable of undertaking out-of-area operations, seriously
damaged," it added.
The report was issued after Britain suffered the loss of 22
soldiers killed in July, the deadliest month of the war during
which Britain and the United States carried out major operations
against Taliban insurgents in the southern province of Helmand.
Britain has more than 9,000 troops in Afghanistan, the
largest foreign contingent after the United States, which had 41
of its soldiers killed in July.
The legislators did not specify which NATO allies they
thought should contribute more, but Germany and other European
countries have been under pressure from the United States to
send more troops to Afghanistan.
Many have been reluctant, citing public opposition to
greater involvement in the country.
The legislators also said Britain should give up the lead
role in combating drug-trafficking in Afghanistan and focus on
(Editing by Michael Roddy)