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U.S. to Begin 'Thinning Out' Its Afghan Forces

Petraeus says coalition forces have already shifted out of some parts of the country and handed security responsibility off to the Afghans.

By Yochi J. Dreazen and Sara Sorcher
Updated: June 27, 2011 | 9:07 a.m.
June 27, 2011 | 6:00 a.m.

President Obama’s announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many.

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