Post-’14 troop talk causes stir in NATO

Panetta disputes German’s remark

Posted: February 23, 2013 at 5:39 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday in Brussels that alliance officials are planning to leave troops in all sectors of Afghanistan as well as in Kabul.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between the U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be an international force or an American one.

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