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President Obama's Press Secretary says the commander in -- will make a decision about Afghanistan troop levels.
In coming weeks and months national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin looks at the possibilities for next year and beyond.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will hold a video teleconference Tuesday with his top general in Afghanistan John Allen.
Among the pressing issues how many US troops will they recommend the president keep in Afghanistan.
Next year and beyond 2014.
-- the president and vice president campaigned for the war to end.
There's no reason why Americans.
Should die when Afghans are perfectly capable of defending their own country we are lead me.
We are leaving in 2014.
Period but the war is likely to drag on two more years and general Allen is likely to.
Asked to keep about 60000 troops in Afghanistan through next year's fighting season.
And enough troops to secure the Afghan presidential election in April 2014.
Defense officials then expect us -- Withdrawal Afghans will ultimately take full responsibility.
By the end of 20141.
Key obstacle to leaving is the Afghans don't have a functioning air force.
Defense officials are now floating the idea of keeping 101000 troops.
Including about 1000 special operators to maintain stability and prevent Al qaeda's return.
-- -- -- -- -- General Allen was in Washington two weeks ago preparing for senate confirmation hearings for his next position and NATO headquarters in Europe.
When he got swept into the David Petraeus email scandal the Pentagon inspector general is still investigating.
Brett ever -- of the Pentagon Jennifer thank you.
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