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US military presence in Afghanistan slowly winding down

Obama, Abbott talk military plans over phone call"

The US Department of Defence is still performing force rotations throughout Afghanistan, announcing the deployment of six new units to the area as recently as September 24.

However, amid these personnel shifts, the total number of soldiers and service members in the area has fallen by as much as 20 per cent, according to a recent update from the Pentagon.

In only the past few months, 12,000 troops have returned from duty in Afghanistan bringing the current number of personnel in the area to about 54,500. President Barack Obama has promised to get this number down to less than 34,000 by February 2014.

This could be a real possibility, considering the number of air raids that used weapons has fall by more than half, from 368 in May to 158 in August. The Pentagon credits this lower number of confrontations to more help from the Afghan forces when it comes to suppressing insurgent uprisings.

"We are getting smaller because, one, the president told us to and because, two, the requirements of the mission have changed based on the Afghan National Security Forces being in the lead for security across the country," Army Colonel Christopher Garver, a military spokesman in Afghanistan, told the Military Times.

The most recent defence force rotation will see about 1,830 service members from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and about 2,000 personnel from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The personnel will come from bases spread throughout the US, including in Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Bliss in Texas.

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