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U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Wants Flexibility On Drawdown

U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 12.

The head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said he has presented his commanders with options for the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

General John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 12 his options would offer flexibility for U.S. forces as they withdraw from Afghanistan during the year.

Nearly 11,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, but that number is set to be cut in half by the end of 2015.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said repeatedly the withdrawal is happening too quickly and has called on the United States not to be bound by timetables.

Campbell stressed that none of the options he presented called for an increase in U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP