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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:49 AM

US denies German claim over US troops in Afghanistan

Source: BBC

22 February 2013 Last updated at 14:50 GMT

US denies German claim over US troops in Afghanistan

The US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta has denied German claims that he confirmed the number of US troops in Afghanistan after Nato's exit in 2014.

Germany's Defence Minister said earlier Mr Panetta had told Nato allies in Brussels that 8,000 to 12,000 US troops would stay put.

Mr Panetta said "several figures were discussed" but no specific numbers had been committed.

Most international troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21550370

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