US Surge Troops Stay For Afghan fighting season

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in late 2009, and his defense secretary seems to be endorsing commanders' desire to keep them there as long as possible next year.

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta says the initial 10,000 troops will leave by the end of this year as planned. He tells the House Armed Services Committee that the remaining 23,000 will depart by the "end of the fighting season" next year. That season easily can extend through October.

Obama's initial schedule had the 23,000 leaving by next summer.

The difference is slight, but it reflects the push by war commanders to keep U.S. troops fighting as long as they can. There are nearly 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, including the 33,000 surge Obama ordered in December 2009.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Yeah they are animals over there. We are just good old boys trying to help. They aren't coming home, genius. Military-inustrial complex, otherwise known as "unless we are constantly at war you will not be free." Don't forget to add Africa and Pakistani to the list. The US military is just NATO wrapped in a red, white & blue flag.
  • by jedi on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    no. they are staying for the war in iran. oops is that a surprise?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    Really, if you didn't sign up......
  • by R on Oct 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    Seriously? They have a "fighting season"????? This just goes to show that they truly ARE animals over there! As soon as we bring our troops home, they will go right back to their animalistic instincts and continue their ways. Why do we waste our time and kill our people???
  • by devon davis Location: colorado springs, co on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    Figures, i will believe it when i see it with the troops coming home. Though my husband was part of the afghan surge that went in 09, he never made it home. We need the rest of our men out of there the loss of life is getting astronomical.
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