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US May Cut Afghan Force Size Despite Al Qaeda Hunt

The United States, which has increased troops numbers in Afghanistan to hunt for Osama bin Laden and other militants, may cut them back after the country holds elections, the top U.S. military officer said on Friday. General Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said his forces in Afghanistan were moving to uproot al Qaeda militants and their Taliban allies and head off violence ahead of September elections. “We’ve ramped up our presence here a little bit anticipating and trying to ensure that we have no more violence as we head toward elections,” Myers said, after arriving in Kabul from Iraq for a first-hand look at military operations. Full Story

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