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Pentagon prepares plans for ‘up to 9,000 troops in Afghanistan’ after 2014

Posted By admin On January 6, 2013 @ 8:53 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

AFP [1]
Jan 6, 2013

The US Defense Department has prepared plans for a smaller presence in Afghanistan after the White House insisted on examining the option of leaving fewer troops in the country after 2014 than was initially proposed, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper said the plans now prepared by the Pentagon call for leaving roughly 3,000, 6,000 or 9,000 US troops in the country.

Those troops would launch strikes against militants and continue training the Afghan army and police, who will be responsible for national security more than a decade after a US-led alliance ousted the Taliban regime in 2001.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the slimmed-down force would focus on preventing Al-Qaeda, which was sheltered by the 1996-2001 Taliban government, from regaining a foothold in the war-shattered nation.

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[1] AFP: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/05/pentagon-prepares-plans-for-up-to-9000-troops-in-afghanistan-after-2014/

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