- Pool photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais
- U.S. to ensure Afghans are ready to take over: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, talks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, right, and Marine Gen. John Allen in Kabul on Dec. 13.
“If you been waiting for us to go, we’re not leaving,” he said.
NATO forces agreed last year to set a deadline of the end of 2014 for turning over security to Afghan forces and ending combat operations.
The United States has 90,000 troops in Afghanistan. There are more than 30,000 troops from NATO allies.
By the end of the summer of 2012, U.S. forces are slated to drop to about 68,000.