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10,000 Marines to be cut in Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 24, 2012 13:28:00 EST

U.S. commanders plan to cut the Marine Corps’ footprint in southwestern Afghanistan dramatically this year, from about 17,000 personnel now to about 7,000 in October, said the top officer in the region.

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