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US troops in Afghanistan to end combat operations

March - May 2013
Afghanistan

Published: 14 Jan 2013 | By Maja Micudova and 2 others | Last updated: 15 Feb 2013
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US troops in Afghanistan are to end "most" combat operations, earlier than originally planned. American forces are expected to switch to a support role instead.


The move was announced after Afghan President Hamid Karzai met his US counterpart Barack Obama on January 11 to discuss the role of the US in Afghanistan after 2014, when the mandate of the ISAF expires.  


"Starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission - training, advising, assisting Afghan forces," said Obama following the meeting. "It will be a historic moment and another step toward full Afghan sovereignty," he added.


"The international forces, the American forces, will be no longer present in the villages, [...] it will be the task of the Afghan forces to provide for the Afghan people in security and protection," the Afghan leader said, adding he was "very happy" that Afghan forces would take over responsibility. 


Most of the 66,000 US troops in Afghanistan are scheduled to leave in 2014. Between 6,000 and 10,000 could remain in the country beyond 2014 in a support role. 

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Location: Afghanistan
Expected date: March - May 2013
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Jon Boone has worked for the Financial Times since 2003 and was the paper's education correspondent between 2005 and October 200... moreJon Boone has worked for the Financial Times since 2003 and was the paper's education correspondent between 2005 and October 2007 before moving to Kabul to become an Afghanistan correspondent. Before joining the FT he worked for The Friday Times in Lahore, Pakistan, and helped launch its sister newspaper, The Daily Times, in 2002. While studying modern history at Oxford University he edited the Cherwell student newspaper.

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Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

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Kate Clark's involvement in Afghanistan goes back to 1999 when, as the BBC Kabul correspondent, she was the only western journal... moreKate Clark's involvement in Afghanistan goes back to 1999 when, as the BBC Kabul correspondent, she was the only western journalist based in the country. She reported on massacres, drought and war – and football matches and tourism, travelling widely on both sides of the frontline. She was expelled by the Taliban in early 2001, but returned as a frontline reporter during the 2001 war, contributing to award-winning coverage. After 2002, Kate was based in London, but continued to return to Afghanistan to report on the country, making radio and television documentaries about the insurgency, the political economy of weapons smuggling and opium, and war crimes. Her previous publications include joint authorship of the Chatham House paper No Shortcut to Stability: Justice, Politics and Insurgency in Afghanistan, and for AAN, The Takhar attack: Targeted killings and the parallel worlds of US intelligence and Afghanistan, and The Layha: Calling the Taleban to Account. Kate has an MA in Middle Eastern Politics from Exeter University in Britain and previously worked in the BBC Arabic Service. She has also lived, studied and worked in the Middle East.

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Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Language: English and Korean

May Jeong is a freelance correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has worked for the Toronto Star, Beirut's Daily Star, t... moreMay Jeong is a freelance correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has worked for the Toronto Star, Beirut's Daily Star, the Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters, and the Globe and Mail. Her works have appeared in Toronto Life and the New York Times.

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