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US Gen recommends 13,600 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 13:02

Washington: A top US General has recommended about 14,000 troops to be present in the war-torn Afghanistan even as Afghan forces take charge of the country`s security.

Responding to a question from Senator John McCain, US Central Command Commander Gen James Mattis said the decision pertaining US forces in Afghanistan post 2014 had not been finalised yet and he had recommended for 13,600 US troops to be present in the country recuperating from war aftermaths.

"The post-2014 force that decision I know has not been made yet. It`s still under consideration. I have made my recommendation. That recommendation is for 13,600 US forces," Mattis said.

He was speaking at the members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing.

He said no decision has been made on the number of NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but his expectation is that would be 50 per cent of the US forces.

Testifying before the Congressional committee, Mattis said the Afghan campaign is on track.


First Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 13:01
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