Panetta says range of options discussed on Afghanistan
Yahoo Political News - |
Friday, February 22, 2013
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta denied on Friday the United States had told allies it planned to keep 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, saying a range of troop options for an overall NATO presence in Afghanistan had been discussed. "That report is not correct," Panetta said, referring to an account of a NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels given by German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere. "We did discuss a range of options and what we discussed was a range of options that would be directed to the NATO force overall, which includes both the ...