Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John F. Campbell talks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)
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The top American commander in Afghanistan faces skeptical lawmakers amid concerns that worsening security conditions demand a greater number of U.S. forces to ensure the gains made in the war-torn country since 2001 aren't lost.Obama had backtracked from his initial plan to reduce the U.S. force to 1,000 by the end of 2016 .American forces and money remain committed as Afghan troops and police slowly take over the fighting.The mission of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan is to conduct counterterrorism operations and to train and assist the Afghan security forces. Nicholson assured the Senate Armed Services Committee that if confirmed, he will do a thorough review to make sure there are enough American forces to accomplish both assignments.Nicholson acknowledged, however, that security conditions are worsening in Afghanistan.
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