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NATO to discuss post-2014 Afghan war details


The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says it will likely be the fall before he is ready to recommend how many troops the U.S. and its allies should keep in Afghanistan after combat troops leave in 2014 and what exactly their missions will be.

   Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford says NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels may be able to provide guidance Wednesday on what nations will commit to staying in Afghanistan, what parts of the country they might cover and how broad the training and advising mission should be.

   His comments come amid sharp debate over whether the U.S. should be more specific about its long-term military commitment to Afghanistan, and suggestions by some defense experts that NATO's plan for a residual force of 8,000 to 12,000 is not enough.

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