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Gates says US support troops should go home first


A soon-to-begin U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should leave combat power intact as long as possible to press an anti-Taliban offensive, U.S. Defense Sec. Robert Gates. He said support troops should go first. On his final trip to assess a war in its 10th year, Gates told Soldiers the endgame in Afghanistan is more likely to turn out well if the drawdown promised by President Obama begins with an emphasis on removing non-combat forces rather than the infantry and others still trying to cement recent gains against a resilient Taliban. more

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