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Pentagon Says Afghan Forces Still Need Assistance

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In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, a member of Afghanistan's elite Civil Order Police squints from the dust as he and others line up before a patrol in Marjah, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) | AP

WASHINGTON -- As President Obama considers how quickly to withdraw the remaining 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan and turn over the war to Afghan security forces, a bleak new Pentagon report has found that only one of the Afghan National Army's 23 brigades is able to operate independently without air or other military support from the United States and NATO partners.

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