Started by Centurion40, February 01, 2012, 04:17:01 PM
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QuoteUS to end Afghan combat mission in 2013By Barbara Starr and Adam LevineSecretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that the US and NATO will be ending their combat mission at some point next year, transitioning to a training role and letting Afghan security forces take the lead."Hopefully by mid to the latter part of 2013 we'll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise and assist role," Panetta told reporters traveling with him to Brussels and confirmed to CNN by a defense official.Late last year, Gen. John Allen, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said U.S. forces will begin to be deployed this year within Afghan units as advisors and trainers, reducing the direct combat role of foreign troops in the country.Afghanistan's growing security force has surpassed 305,000 and is headed toward 352,000 next year. At the same time, the United States is withdrawing forces through 2012, aiming to bring the number of American troops down to 68,000 by 2012 from over 100,000 after a 33,000 troop surge last year. There will also be 38,000 troops from other NATO countries.
Quote from: son_of_montfort on February 06, 2012, 02:39:59 PMYou know, I never heard, but did we actually pull out of Iraq by the December deadline set by George W. and reaffirmed by Obama?