In this Dec. 25, 2013 file photo, U.S. troops gather in to Wardak province, eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
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The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.Campbell said much will depend on how quickly the Afghan forces improve.Initially, Obama said he would trim the U.S. force in Afghanistan to 5,500 troops by the end of last year, and then down to 1,000 by the end of 2016 .Reed also said he wants to hear from the officer Obama selected to replace Campbell as the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson Jr. During a hearing last week, Nicholson said he would immediately conduct a rigorous assessment of troop requirements.
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