31 Mar '14, 1pm

33,000 troops to go: 1-star outlines Afghanistan drawdown

The U.S. has closed nearly 290 bases across Afghanistan as of March 1 and fewer than 80 bases remain. When it comes to personnel, there are still about 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but there’s also “a steady path to reduce throughout the year,” said Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, the chief operations officer for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. O’Donohue provided an overview of U.S. troops still serving downrange during a March 18 phone interview with Army Times. “We’ve reduced our forces from about 100,000, by about 67 percent,” said he said. “We are truly in a support role.” The U.S. is entering “a little bit of a pause as we prepare for [the Afghan presidential] elections,” but the goal is to continue closing down bases, he said. Current forecasts call for 54 more bases to be closed by Aug. 1, and only about 27 bases are expected to ...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140331/NEWS/303310023/...

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