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Afghan National Army officers march during graduation ceremony in Kabul

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Officers from the Afghan National Army NCOs march during a graduation ceremony in Kabul Dec. 22. 376 Afghan NCOs graduated at a ceremony at the Camp Ghazi on Wednesday in Kabul.

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Afghan National Army officers attend a graduation ceremony at Ghazi Military Training Center in Kabul on Dec. 22.

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Afghan National Army officers march during a graduation ceremony at Ghazi Military Training Center in Kabul on Dec. 22. has acknowledged that combat troops might remain into 2015.

From Getty: The Afghan National Army currently numbers 100,000 troops, with plans for it to grow to 240,000 by 2011, funded by NATO and the US, in the hope that rapid improvement in their performance can see foreign forces start to draw down. Limited withdrawals are expected to start next July, with responsibility for security being handed to Afghan forces in 2014, although Obama has acknowledged that combat troops might remain into 2015.