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CommunityEditor
03-07-2013, 05:25 PM
Mattis unveils Afghan troop recommendation

WASHINGTON — The head of U.S. Central Command has recommended that 13,600 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan after the White House-mandated 2014 withdrawal date for American and NATO troops. This would be almost half of the force that will be in country after 34,000 troops are brought home this fall.

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for the first time put a number to the debate roiling the Pentagon and the White House over how many troops might remain behind in Afghanistan to continue the counterterrorism mission and to train and advise the Afghan armed forces. There are currently 68,000 American forces deployed in Afghanistan.
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Read the whole story here (http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2013/03/dn-mattis-unveils-afghan-troop-recommendation-030513/).

How many U.S. troops should remain in the country after 2014?

MACHINE666
03-07-2013, 05:43 PM
ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CrustySMSgt
03-08-2013, 05:51 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

MedWeenie
03-08-2013, 12:21 PM
I say none as well.

Uncle-Sugar
03-08-2013, 07:33 PM
BRING EACH AND EVERY PAIR OF BOOTS BACK HOME...F#$% AFGHANISTAN! CUT THE CORD NOW!

RobotChicken
03-08-2013, 07:46 PM
:doh 13,600 targets,be 'open season' on our troops! Will the cavalry come to the rescue like in Libya or Iran? Will they be lost to the greater scheme of things in 'DC'? If history is to be a judge of the past.....:frusty:tape2

Peter Dow
05-04-2013, 10:33 PM
How many U.S. troops should remain in the country after 2014?
13,600 sounds fine to me.

More to the point is what military strategy should NATO forces employ during the drawdown and after 2014?

See my topic in the "In The News" forum for my strategy proposals -

Taliban's terms for peace talks outlined @ "University of Jihad", Pakistan / How to beat the Taliban in Afghanistan / Pakistan (and win the war on terror) (http://forums.militarytimes.com/showthread.php?1591975-Taliban-s-terms-for-peace-talks-outlined-quot-University-of-Jihad-quot-Pakistan)

Banned
05-07-2013, 03:56 AM
13,600 sounds fine to me.

More to the point is what military strategy should NATO forces employ during the drawdown and after 2014?

See my topic in the "In The News" forum for my strategy proposals -

Taliban's terms for peace talks outlined @ "University of Jihad", Pakistan / How to beat the Taliban in Afghanistan / Pakistan (and win the war on terror) (http://forums.militarytimes.com/showthread.php?1591975-Taliban-s-terms-for-peace-talks-outlined-quot-University-of-Jihad-quot-Pakistan)

I have written up a plan that, if implemented, could destroy the entire Taliban with a single FiST team.