U.S. assistance to the Afghan army and police will be cut by more than half before the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops in 2014, the Pentagon said.
Cpl. William Cox, an armorer at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, and a native of Amory, Miss., provides security as an MV-22 Osprey lands in Zaranj, Nimroz province, Afghanistan on December 30, 2011. UPI/Bryan Nygaard/Marines
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Prall, rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment scans the area while crossing a bridge during a partnered security patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in Helmand Province Afghanistan Dec. 18, 2011. The ANA and Marines interacted with local citizens to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people. UPI/U. S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder
An Afghan soldier takes position near the building which is occupied by Taliban militants, unseen, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Taliban insurgents coordinated attacks on the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in downtown Kabul, killing seven Afghans. UPI/Enayat Asadi
A man believed to be a Taliban militant lies dead on the back of a Afghan police vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Taliban insurgents coordinated attacks on the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in downtown Kabul, killing seven Afghans. UPI/Enayat Asadi
Gen. David Petraeus gives a "thumbs up" to members of the audience during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony in his honor at Ft. Myer in Virginia on August 31, 2011. Petraeus will soon start his new job as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director. With him are Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen (R) and Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg