Afghan Force Will Be Cut After Taking Leading Role

Published April 11, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s defense minister said Tuesday that his government and the international coalition paying for the war effort had agreed in principle that Afghan security forces would undergo a significant reduction to about 230,000 personnel after the NATO mission ends in 2014.  Under current plans, Afghan security forces are to reach a peak of 352,000 by late this year.

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