Post-2014 Plan: Keep 10K Troops in Afghanistan
But Karzai must still agree
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 7:56 AM CST
US Marine Lance Cpl. John Brewer, 26, returns to his base at sunset following a fire fight with insurgents in the village of Salam Bazaar July 20, 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – The White House has settled on the number of troops it wants to leave in Afghanistan post-2014: 10,000. Gen. John Allen had recommended keeping between 6,000 and 15,000 troops there after formal combat ends to train Afghan troops and fight terrorism. The Obama administration's final choice may signal its belief that such a number would be palatable to Americans and Afghans and not overly strain our military, the Wall Street Journal reports. Defense analysts, on the other hand, have recommended a presence as large as 30,000 in order to maintain stability.

White House officials hope to find agreement with Kabul on the number before determining how the withdrawal of the 66,000 troops currently in the country will be paced over the next two years. But Hamid Karzai must give the OK to keeping US forces in the country at all, though sources say he's inclined to do so—so long as several demands are met. One of the biggest: He wants those troops to be under Afghan courts' jurisdiction. A similar demand scuttled US-Iraq talks last year, which is why there are no residual US force in that country.

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Nov 29, 2012 4:02 AM CST
Halliburton, Blackwater/Xe/academi, Chevron, Pepsi, Northrop, McDonalds et al have spoken: DO not cut off the goose that's laying . . (CheneyRumsfeld nod approvingly). Sure, a few of the 10 000 will get killed, but think of the MONEY we'll make . . .
Nov 26, 2012 4:38 PM CST
What I want to know is why is it our job to train these guys? Our men and women have been over there how long now and we aren't making any difference, Once Hate is taught and spread to next generations you will never get rid of it. This is a war on hate and no amount of fighting will ever stop this, it is based on ignorance bottom line, We are fools to think we can ever change this and it's only getting worse with each new generation that is coming up. Our government can't work together for the best interested of we the people they battle over title and money not about change. The world is coming to an end but not by wars by us the people we are the ones tearing America apart.
Nov 26, 2012 4:27 PM CST
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