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US sees three more years in building Afghan army

It will take three more years for the U.S.-trained Afghan army, intended to assume security responsibilities now shouldered by foreign forces in Afghanistan, to reach the planned goal of 70,000 soldiers, a U.S. commander said on Thursday. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin, who heads the U.S. effort to train and equip Afghan government security forces, said the national army numbers “a little bit over 30,000,” and that it is growing at a rate of 1,000 per month, with a plan to reach 70,000 in roughly three years. Full Story

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