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URGENT ¥¥¥ US Afghan pullback tied to fighting season: defense official

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US commanders will keep as many US troops as possible in Afghanistan until after the fighting season despite a decision to pull out 34,000 in the next year, a senior US defense official said Tuesday.

"The commanders will have discretion on pace and focus will be (on) keeping as many forces in play until after the fighting season," the official told AFP.

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