Nov 22, 2013 8:44 AM by David Randall

Afghanistan: Years remain

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is denying that thousands of U.S. Forces will stay in Afghanistan for another ten years, but they admit a military presence will remain for some time.

A newly proposed security agreement with Afghanistan would leave 8,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan after President Obama ends their combat role next year.

Most will be working to train Afghan security forces.

That's more than many Americans expected, and for a longer time span, possibly until 2024 according to the Afghan government.

Still, Secretary of State John Kerry insists they won't stay that long.

"We are not talking about years and years, that is not what is contemplated," Kerry said Thursday.



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