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U.S. Planning a Force to Stay in Afghanistan

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New York Times, 26 November 2012
US and NATO planners are ‘drawing up the broad outlines of a force that would remain in Afghanistan following the handover to Afghan security after 2014’. This would include ‘a small [US] counterterrorism force with an eye toward Al Qaeda’ of ‘less than 1,000’ as well as ‘about 10,000 American and several thousand non-American NATO troops’. What role the Afghan government needs to play in this decision-making process is not discussed in the article.