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The proposal was unveiled on Friday by the US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during a meeting of NATO member states in Brussels.
Panetta reportedly told his European counterparts that 8,000 to 12,000 troops would stay in the war-ravaged country as part of a mission to train and support Afghan forces.
However, the extent of each country’s contribution has yet to be announced as the alliance remains divided over the costs.
Some sources say up to 10,000 of those troops will be Americans.