10,000 Marines to be cut in Afghanistan

story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of: Cpl. Reece Lodder, USMC
U.S. commanders plan to cut the Marine Corps’ footprint in southwestern Afghanistan dramatically this year, from about 17,000 personnel now to about 7,000 in October, said the top officer in the region.
The reductions will occur in coming months as the U.S. demilitarizes bases in Helmand and Nimroz provinces, Maj. Gen. John Toolan told Marine Corps Times in an interview Friday. The number of bases and outposts in the region also will drop, from about 250 last fall to about 28 in October, he said.
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