Americans leave Afghanistan in 2014

The U.S. government is working on a plan to end U.S. combat missions by 2014, the Obama administration has decided to move security duties in certain regions of Afghanistan to that country’s forces over the next 18 to 24 months.

This was reported by The New York Times on Sunday based on sources within the U.S. government. The plan is likely to be presented later this week at a NATO summit in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

The plan will represent the most definite strategy for transition in Afghanistan since Obama took office in 2009.

The U.S. is already assessing areas of Afghanistan that could be safely handed over to local security forces, and is poised to have them identified as early as later this year, the paper cited officials as saying.

President Obama is set to review his strategy of the war next month amid sagging public support, after his Democratic Party suffered heavily in midterm elections.

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