The true combat role for the US is expected to continue in some capacity well beyond 2014
The No. 2 U.S. commander in Afghanistan agrees with his superior officers that 68,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan going into next year.
Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti says the U.S. should maintain that 68,000 troops into next year to continue combat operations against the Taliban insurgents and to continue to train Afghan troops.
The top commander in Afghanistan, Marine General John Allen has said that the U.S. will need “significant firepower” and about 68,000 going into next year, after about 23,000 are withdrawn by the end of the summer.