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Congress hears Afghanistan troop plans amid ISIS fears

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By Jamie Crawford, National Security Producer

Washington (CNN)The top United States commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan told Congress he has provided his chain of command with options for the drawdown of troops this year that would give both U.S. and Afghan leaders flexibility as the security situation evolves on the ground.

While the United States has close to 10,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan following the end of combat operations at the beginning of the year, the Obama administration has already announced plans to draw that number down to 5,500 by the end of this year.

Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday his recommendations deal with both the "glide slope" and "locations" for where to make withdrawals as the summer fighting season in Afghanistan gets underway.

"I have provided options on adjusting our force posture through my chain of command," Campbell said, adding that he "absolutely" favored the options without elaborating on their specificity.


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