18 Mar '12, 11pm

US withdrawal from Afghanistan: the plan for 2012, 2013, and 2014

In June 2011, President Obama announced that the US would begin withdrawing military forces from Afghanistan and transferring responsibility for security to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The US goal is to be substantially out of Afghanistan by 2014, with ANSF responsible for the entire country. The implementation plan for 2012 has been publicized over the past nine months and is recapped below. The plan for 2013 is now emerging; what is known is summarized here for the first time. The plan for 2014 is still speculative. The plan for 2012 Starting this spring, the US will draw down its troops from the current 90,000 to 68,000 by October 2012. Essentially, the surge of US forces deployed to Afghanistan in early 2009 is being withdrawn. As the withdrawal proceeds, the ANSF is expected to assume leadership for security operations in a large portion of the country...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2012/03/us_withdra...

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