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Great Satan US plans post-2014 Afghan presence

9d02e5e338737409a4150bca4ef1b28f_L Great Satan America plans to keep up to 9,000 troops in Afghanistan despite a previous pledge to completely withdraw all forces from the Asian country by the end of 2014.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday the US Defense Department has prepared plans which call for up to 9,000 US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.
The troops are expected to launch attacks on militants and engage in training Afghan forces who will be tasked with providing national security in the violence-hit country.
The New York Times cited a senior Pentagon official as saying on January 2, the Commander of the US-led forces in Afghanistan, General John R. Allen had earlier submitted three plans to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, outlining troop levels ranging between 6,000 and 20,000.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is supposed to discuss the US security presence in Afghanistan after 2014 with his American counterpart, Barack Obama during his visit to Washington next week.
The Wall Street Journal added that presently Washington and its allies are holding talks about future troop commitments to Afghanistan “on the basis of a formula that calls for US troops to make up two-thirds of any follow-on force.”
The paper further pointed out that a smaller troop presence will increase the US dependence on drones after the majority of manned aircraft and their pilots leave the country.

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