25 Dec '14, 3pm

As troop numbers fall in Afghanistan, another Christmas at war

As troop numbers fall in Afghanistan, another Christmas at war

View Photo Gallery » Soldiers toast with nonalcoholic beer on Christmas Day 2014 in a dining hall at the headquarters of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force. It's the 14th Christmas U.S. troops have spent in Afghanistan and there will be at least two more, with a limited number of troops staying in the country through 2016. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link KABUL, Afghanistan – Spc. Ryan Asta was just 11 years old when American troops spent their first Christmas in Afghanistan. Thirteen years later, it was Asta’s turn to ring in the holiday at the Kabul headquarters of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force. “Seems like a normal day – better food, though,” the 24-year-old military policeman said while enjoying the Christmas meal in a dining hall decked out with green and red tinsel, Christmas trees and a couple of Fro...

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