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By Andrew P. Napolitano
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Bill Caldwell
The U.S. government's financial commitment to Afghanistan is likely to linger and reach into the billions long after it pulls combat troops from the country, newly disclosed spending estimates show.
U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan should be able to start handing off responsibility for security to the Kabul government sometime next year, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday.
The United States expects to spend about $6 billion a year training and supporting Afghan troops and police after it begins pulling out its own combat troops in 2011, the Associated Press has learned.
A senior U.S. commander said Monday that Afghanistan is still more than a year away from building a security force with enough soldiers and police to protect the country.
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Gen. Caldwell has said he aims to have Afghan security forces at sufficient numbers to begin a U.S. withdrawal by October 2011.
"It will always be more expensive to have a coalition force doing something than an Afghan counterpart," Gen. Caldwell said in a written response to questions from the Associated Press.