Dempsey: NATO should keep up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan

04/12/2013 | Bloomberg

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a congressional hearing Thursday that 8,000 to 12,000 NATO troops should remain in Afghanistan after the U.S. ends it combat mission there in 2014. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, and Marine Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, have recommended a force size of about 20,000 troops.

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