Defense Goal: Combat Role In Afghan War Ends In '13
By: Renee Montagne and Tom Bowman
February 1, 2012
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the U.S. hopes to end its combat mission in Afghanistan in late 2013. However, U.S. troops would still remain in the country through the end of 2014. Panetta is meeting this week with NATO defense ministers, and the Afghanistan mission is a key item on the agenda.
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