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NATO planning for takeover of Afghanistan military operations likely: US

NATO could order the start of military planning for a possible takeover of operations in Afghanistan from US forces as early as next year, the US ambassador to the alliance said. Nicholas Burns said NATO defense ministers meeting here were likely to instruct the alliance military leadership to report back in February on how to bring NATO and US military operations under a single NATO command. “That’s the direction the alliance has been heading for many months now, and it will likely be the result of tomorrow’s discussion,” the US ambassador to NATO told reporters in Romania. He suggested that the two forces could be brought under a NATO command quickly once the plans have been drawn up. Full Story

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