US reviews troop options for Afghanistan post-2014
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AFP) - President Barack Obama's advisers are weighing how many troops to keep in Afghanistan after 2014 and will make a decision within a "few weeks," Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.
The commander of Nato and US troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has submitted a range of recommendations that are being studied by top officials at the White House and the Pentagon, Panetta told reporters aboard his plane.
"General Allen has worked on several options that we are now reviewing and working with the White House on," said Mr Panetta, en route to Australia for a week-long trip to Asia.
"And my hope is that we'll be able to complete this process within the next few weeks." He added: "I'm confident that we're going be able to get to the right number for the post-2014 enduring presence."