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General says Obama's proposed U.S. troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission

General says Obama's proposed U.S. troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission

The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday.

Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "very little" training will be done with fewer American forces.

Campbell, who is expected to retire soon, sparred with the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and other senators over the wisdom of the troop reductions.

McCain, one of Obama's harshest critics on national security issues, wanted to know whether the troop number is...

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