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NATO sticks to 2014 Afghan pullout despite early French exit

BRUSSELS — NATO is committed to plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the alliance chief said Monday after France decided to end its fighting role a year earlier. “We stick to the roadmap that was outlined at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November…

U.S. considers scaling back combat operations in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama’s advisers are debating a shift in the military’s mission in Afghanistan that would focus on advising Afghan forces while scaling back combat operations much earlier than planned, officials say. The potential change raises the possibility of a faster-paced drawdown of US troops, but administration officials insist it…