German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere gives a speech during the opening of the 49th Conference on Security Policy in Munich February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Germany: U.S. to keep 8,000-12,000 troops in Afghanistan post-2014
Posted : Friday, 22 February 2013 07:47AM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany's Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told NATO allies gathered in Brussels that the United States would keep between 8,000 and 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when the NATO combat mission is due to end.
"The American defense secretary announced that the United States will be in a magnitude of 8,000 to 12,000 troops involved in Afghanistan" post-2014, the German minister said.
Panetta or his aides were not immediately available to comment. He was due to address a news conference shortly.
(Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach)
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