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That mirrors a deadline looming for U.S. commanders. "Our sense of urgency is driven by time and a recognition that we will never have more forces on the ground than we do right now," Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan, told The Washington Post. U.S. troop levels are currently at a peak of about 98,000 and are expected to shrink by about 30,000 by summer 2012. From there, under the plan of President Barack Obama, troops would gradually draw down to an end to all U.S. combat operations by 2014.

Listen to Mindy Belz discuss her recent visit to Afghanistan from the Oct. 15 edition of the radio program The World and Everything in It.

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