1. STRATEGY

    U.S. Maps Post-2014 Afghanistan

    US Marine 1st Lt. Darren Mitchell from Kilo Company of 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment leads a patrol from Forward Operating Base Delhi in Garmser, southern Helmand Province on June 20, 2012. The US-led war in Afghanistan has cost the lives of around 3,000 U.S. and allied troops, seen thousands of Afghans killed and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY        (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A small force of fewer than 1,000 American military personnel may remain in Afghanistan after 2014 under a developing plan. That would include a counterterrorism force dedicated to keeping an eye on al Qaeda’s presence in the country, according to senior military officials. It’s one of several options on the table for what foreign presence in the country will look like after 2014, and another plan calls for as many as 10,000 U.S. troops and several thousand more NATO soldiers. Afghan troops are expected to assume the responsibilities of more than 60,000 American soldiers over the coming year.

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