A German official is saying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told NATO allies that the U.S. will leave between 8,000-12,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat ends. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters Friday that Panetta informed him of the numbers. U.S. officials have yet to say publicly how many American troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

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    04/15/2024 - 1:00 pm | View Link
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    04/14/2024 - 1:00 pm | View Link
  • Trump’s immigration plan: Is WA ready for mass sweeps with state troops?
    Trump and his team say if he's elected, he'll round up at least 10 million undocumented immigrants. There are an estimated 300,000 in WA. Some are preparing.
    04/13/2024 - 2:00 am | View Link
  • US troops head to region as fears grow Israel's war on Gaza could turn into regional conflict
    Troop reinforcements from Israel's ally the United States headed to the region on Saturday, with fears of wider war growing more than six months into Israel's war on Gaza.
    04/13/2024 - 12:48 am | View Link
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