Obama: U.S. moving to ‘support role’ in Afghanistan this spring

President Obama announced Friday that U.S. troops in Afghanistan will assume a “support role” starting this spring, focusing on an advisory and training mission ahead of a withdrawal of most American forces by the end of 2014.

Obama said the U.S. military will still engage in battlefield fighting when necessary, but he stressed that Afghan forces will take the lead in security in the war-torn Central Asian nation.

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David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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