US set to begin withdrawing Afghanistan troops in July
from Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently said that the U.S. and its allies were on track to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in July as promised, even as he sought to tamp down tensions with President Hamid Karzai over continuing civilian casualties. Although violence has been spiraling upward in several regions of Afghanistan recently, Gates said his talks with American commanders and Afghan officials had strengthened his confidence that the U.S. would be able to carry out President Barack Obama's pledge to begin troop pullouts later this year.
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