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    U.S. May Cut Afghan Troops to 5K

    U.S. Army soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook troop transport helicopter after completing their mission at Forward Operating Base Muqar in this U.S. Army picture taken March 14, 2014.  REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Javier Amador/Handout via Reuters (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3HHQ9

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    That's steep. The U.S. is considering dropping the number of troops in Afghanistan below 10,000, which is the minimum needed to train Afghan forces, to possibly even less than 5,000. Officials say the small force is based on a belief by the White House that the recent elections went well and the local security forces are prepared to handle the Taliban factions. There are around 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and the debate over their withdrawal this year has been lively in Washington.

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