Last US surge troops leave Afghanistan
[Dawn] The last of the 33,000 US soldiers that President Barack Obama
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sent to Afghanistan nearly three years ago as part of a military surge have left the country, US defence officials said Thursday.
The withdrawal, which began in July, follows an unprecedented number of NATO
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soldiers being rubbed out by their Afghan colleagues, 51 so far this year, and comes as anti-Western protests sweep Moslem countries.
There are still some 68,000 US military forces in Afghanistan, as well as some 40,000 from NATO's Isaf coalition.
The US-led effort to contain the Taliban insurgency involves a phased withdrawal of troops as newly trained Afghan forces take their place. The plan is for Afghans to take charge of their own security by the end of 2014.
The temporary increase in troops helped Western-led forces regain ground in Afghanistan's south and southwest against the Taliban, which has now stepped up attacks in the eastern region bordering Pakistain.
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