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FILE - In this July 8, 2009 file photo, Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution is seen in Sun Valley, Idaho. The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on the White House Friday to announce how many troops it intends to leave in that country after 2014. Retired Gen. John Allen said Afghans need certainty on how many U.S. troops will stay behind after the majority complete their withdrawal by Dec. 31, 2014, before they will choose to side with the Afghan government or the Taliban. Allen was speaking as the Center for a New American Security released a new report by him, O'Hanlon and former top U.S. defense official Michele Flournoy. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File )

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FILE - In this July 8, 2009 file photo, Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution is seen in Sun Valley, Idaho. The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on the White House Friday to announce how many troops it intends to leave in that country after 2014. Retired Gen. John Allen said Afghans need certainty on how many U.S. troops will stay behind after the majority complete their withdrawal by Dec. 31, 2014, before they will choose to side with the Afghan government or the Taliban. Allen was speaking as the Center for a New American Security released a new report by him, O'Hanlon and former top U.S. defense official Michele Flournoy. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File )
FILE - In this July 8, 2009 file photo, Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution is seen in Sun Valley, Idaho. The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on the White House Friday to announce how many troops it intends to leave in that country after 2014. Retired Gen. John Allen said Afghans need certainty on how many U.S. troops will stay behind after the majority complete their withdrawal by Dec. 31, 2014, before they will choose to side with the Afghan government or the Taliban. Allen was speaking as the Center for a New American Security released a new report by him, O'Hanlon and former top U.S. defense official Michele Flournoy. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File )
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