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02/04/2012 09:38 pm ET

Afghanistan War: U.S. To Rely More On Special Forces As Combat Winds Down

WASHINGTON — The United States’ plan to wind down its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected relies on shifting responsibility to Special Operations forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, according to senior Pentagon officials and military officers. These forces could remain in the country well after the NATO mission ends in late 2014.

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