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"Nine years after the 2001 invasion there are 250,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan: 100,000 US troops, 50,000 NATO troops and 100,000 Pentagon paid contractors. These are the highest troop levels yet, with last year having the largest number of civilian casualties since the first year of the war.
The plan President Obama announced last night to remove 33,000 troops by next summer fails to end this war. What is left is a force much larger than when he took office. Leaving these soldiers in place to continue the current strategy prolongs the war."
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