he last of the 33,000 American surge troops, sent to Afghanistan two years ago to combat increasing Taliban violence, have departed the country, according to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. That means there are now 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Panetta said the surge "accomplished its objectives of reversing Taliban momentum on the battlefield," although there has been a spike in insider attacks on foreign troops over the last year. The U.S. and its allies plan to leave completely by 2014
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