The US Defense Department has prepared plans for a smaller presence in Afghanistan after the White House insisted on examining the option of leaving fewer troops in the country after 2014 than was initially proposed, The Wall Street Journal reported.
This file photo shows US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (R) speaking with General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, at a NATO meeting in Brussels, on February 2, 2012. The US Defense Department has prepared plans for a smaller presence in Afghanistan after 2014 than was initially proposed, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The newspaper said the plans now prepared by the Pentagon call for leaving roughly 3,000, 6,000 or 9,000 US troops in the country.
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