Smaller NATO mission has big job to train Afghan army in time

January 5, 2015 10:12 PM

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TACTICAL BASE GAMBERI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. Army Major Eric Lightfoot, serving at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan, knows NATO has its work cut out to prepare local forces to go it alone against Taliban insurgents once its training mission ends in two years' time.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said at the weekend the United States, which provides the bulk of a scaled-down force of 13,000 foreign troops tasked with training local soldiers and police, might want to "re-examine" its deadline to withdraw by the end of 2016.

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