US Nears Decision on Post-2014 Afghan Presence
Gen. John Allen's recommendations under review as scandal grabs him
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 13, 2012 7:34 AM CST
In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 file photo, US soldiers are seen west of Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi, File)

(Newser) – In the coming weeks, the US will make a decision on the number of troops to remain in Afghanistan after the planned drawdown in 2014, Reuters reports. "My hope is that we'll be able to complete this process in the next few weeks," says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. "I'm confident that we'll be able to get to the right number that we're going to need for the post-2014 enduring presence." Any remaining troops will be involved in counterterror missions and Afghan troop training.

NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen—who's currently embroiled in unfolding fallout from the David Petraeus scandal—has provided the Obama administration with recommendations for those figures, Panetta says. Panetta was reviewing those recommendations only hours before learning that Allen had exchanged between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications with Jill Kelley over the course of two years, Reuters notes.

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Nov 13, 2012 5:08 PM CST
Thank God they nearly made a decision, after all it's only been 11 years to decide to stay or leave, come back later? or pretend were going, or keep on killing the ragies and donkeys What a decision! We can bring home 30K, then make a big hellabalue about it ,then turn around and send them back on a make believe mission. And I thought only horses wore blinders! wake up people!
Nov 13, 2012 4:27 PM CST
What is so difficult about this troop pull-out. We tried. Afghan. is a basket case and always will be. Get the troops out of there. Any trouble we can send the drones. Simple way to save a $billion here billion$ there -it adds up.
Nov 13, 2012 9:58 AM CST
damn just kill the savages and come home!!!!!!!!!!!!!