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Mission to train Afghan security forces critical amid U.S. drawdown

Attrition, recruiting in south remain challenges as force swells

By Gretel C. Kovach, Reporter - Military
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

The number of Afghan security forces is expected to swell by 47,000 in the next year to 352,000, even as the international coalition struggles to reduce attrition nationwide and boost recruiting among southern Pashtuns in traditional Taliban strongholds, according to Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, the U.S. Army general who heads the NATO mission to train Afghan security forces.

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