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US to reduce troop numbers in Afghanistan very soon

The US military gave details of its planned troop reduction in Afghanistan, saying the total number would shrink by some 2,500 from the current 19,000 under a routine troop rotation due very soon. US military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Laurent Fox, said however that the 2,500-strong force from the 10th Mountain Division will remain on standby and can be deployed anytime if needed. “The replacement group that will be coming in will be 2,500 less than what is being replaced,” the spokesman told a regular press briefing in Kabul. “We’ve approximately 19,000 troops (currently) and this will bring it down to approximately 16,500,” he added.Full Story

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