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8,000-12,000 NATO's US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan Past 2014
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By J.K. Trotter
The Atlantic Wire












President Obama's exit plan for Afghanistan is growing clearer, according to reports emerging from a meeting in Brussels between several NATO leaders, including U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. But it's not yet certain how many American troops (as opposed to troops from NATO allies) will bear the weight of maintaining peace in post-war Afghanistan — a key question emerging from the President's State of the Union address, during which he avowed that "by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over."



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According to a dispatch by the Associated Press, Panetta and his colleagues established a baseline military presence of 8,000 troops, but found themselves in disagreement about which country, or countries, would supply those troops. The U.S. may be the country best positioned to maintain a presence in Afghanistan, given the fact that 66,000 American troops are currently deployed there and training Afghan forces in the transition. But the Department of Defense is likely to face significant cuts soon, and the thing about making promises — as Obama has about Afghanistan — is that you have to (try to) keep them. On that front, Obama, along with his impending Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, have their work cut out for them: as Obama promised during his State of the Union address, 34,000 troops will come home by the end of 2013.


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  • Anyone else offended by the possessive use of the word "NATO" in the title of this post?

    "NATO's US Troops" - Really?

    How about this instead:
    8,000 US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan Past 2014 as a part of the NATO effort.

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    • @wharris We carry the biggest stick in NATO...but that doesn't mean we're the only members. Obviously this concept flies clean over many people's heads.

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    • @Wa1martyr
      Agree we are not the only ones in the sandbox, but making the word “NATO” possessive, just offends my sensibilities. Hits the ear wrong and makes me cringe a bit inside.

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  • "I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank."
    -Barack Obama (10/07)

    "We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I've set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014"
    -Barack Obama (09/12)

    "We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our lon More..

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  • Obama lied again,...

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  • "US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan Past 2014"

    I am calling bull shit on this article, because barry said back in 2008 he would pull our troupes out in one year. Must be some Fox news story, we all know how they lie and twist the facts.

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    • @cajunmojo Nice avatar, but put a white flag on his helmet. The Crusaders were kicked out of the area. Nothing heroic about Crusaders, nothing to be proud of. The Templars were killed by a French Christian king.

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    • @cajunmojo, fuck - did you take some smart pills?

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    • @turkzil, he fantasizes about the good old days fighting for Jesus, robin hood and king arthur

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    • @turkzil - Do more research, reach further than WikiPidia ace, The Knights Templar were the elite fighting force of their day. Before being betrayed by King Philip IV. ..... Turkey that explains evreything.

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  • These goofballs have been unable to defeat the Taliban in 12 years of war, it's time to quit and come home.

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  • Just pack up and leave, let the local people sort their business out. If they want Taliban, its up to them.

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  • The USA has troops all over the planet. Is this news?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_deployments

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  • So did we win the war on terror? was there an announcement?

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  • More dead hick american soldiers for opium profits lol.

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  • I just hope we're not there to protect chinese mining interests. Let them take care of it themselves.

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  • Obama lies again.

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  • more dead us soldiers in the future

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  • This is all nice and stuff and I do believe there are ulterior motives behind the war, but at the bottom line I believe most of these soldiers knew what they were getting into. That being said I'm sure some of our soldiers in Afghan want to be there. Maybe the opportunity to kill some al-qaeda dirtbags appeals to them? I mean these are terrorists who commit atrocities in the name of religion after all - Just look at 9/11. I think its more important for us to support them than it is to call out p More..

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  • I knew it. They definetly want to invade us in the near future.

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