Lawmaker expects robust cut in U.S. Afghan troops
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said he believes President Barack Obama is inclined toward a "robust reduction" in U.S. troops in Afghanistan this summer.
"I believe it was going to be robust in any event," Levin told reporters in a conference call, speaking of Obama's plans to start a drawdown this July of some of the roughly 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
But Levin also believed this robustness would be "reinforced by events" -- meaning the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
(Editing by Sandra Maler)
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