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    U.S. Could Pull All Afghan Troops

    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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    Post-2014, Afghanistan could find itself without American troops. On Tuesday, the White House announced that despite recommendations to keep upwards of 15,000 troops in Afghanistan, President Obama could decide to remove everyone, like he did in Iraq two years ago. The "zero-option" is one "we would consider," said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, but the decision will be based off of two factors: denying al Qaeda a safe haven and fully training and equipping Afghan troops. There are currently 66,000 troops in the country, which will be slowly reduced through 2014, when the NATO combat mission ends. Obama is scheduled to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week.

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