Roughly 38,000 American service members remain in Afghanistan,
the U.S. military told CBS News Thursday, as troop levels hang in the balance
with a U.S.-Afghan security agreement still unsigned.
The number of American troops reached 101,000 in June 2011 – the peak of the U.S. military presence in the war, according to Pentagon figures. As of Jan. 7, 2014, at least 2,164 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
As of Dec. 1, 2013, ISAF had closed nearly 280 bases and
transferred more than 460 fully functional bases to the Afghan government and
Afghan National Security Forces.
President Barack Obama wants to leave up to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, extending what already has become the longest U.S. war. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai has delayed signing the the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S., which would allow American troops to remain there. Without a signed deal, all U.S. and NATO forces would have to withdraw from Afghanistan.
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