Top Stories SHRINKING AFGHAN SECURITY FORCEThe U.S.-led coalition helped train an Afghan security force that soon will be 352,000-strong. Currently, that force costs about $6 billion a year. But the force will shrink to around 230,000 a year or so after it takes on full security responsibilities at the end of 2014. That’s largely because funding comes from donor nations that are fighting their own economic woes and are losing political will to pay for the decade-long war.BANKROLLING THE AFGHAN FORCESThe smaller force will cost about $4.1 billion a year. The Afghan government will pay about $500 million of that, and the rest will come from donors. The NATO summit is not a pledging conference, but there will be much talk about who will pay. About $1.3 billion is expected to come from nations in the NATO coalition other than the United States. Pledges for about a third of that have been announced by Australia and European nations. U.S. taxpayers and some nations outside the military coalition likely will make up the $2.3 billion difference.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share (AP) – A look at Afghan security issues to be discussed at the NATO summit in Chicago.SHRINKING INTERNATIONAL FORCEThe U.S. withdrew 10,000 troops in 2011 and is in the process of pulling out another 23,000 by the end of September. That will leave about 68,000 American military personnel in Afghanistan _ still more than double the figure in 2008. Almost all the 130,000 international troops are to go by the end of 2014, and the exodus is gaining speed. France’s new President Francois Hollande has said he stands by his campaign pledge for an early withdrawal of his country’s 3,300 troops by the end of the year. Top holiday drink recipes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths
Cyprus’ volunteer commission is bringing together various media, banking institutions, national governing bodies and industries for a Pancyprian fundraising event and concert which will directly for the victims of the devastating wildfires that hit Greece on Monday. The money raised will help towards rebuilding public infrastructure that will primarily benefit the children of the Attica area.CYBC will be organising a radiomarathon fundraising event, starting at 6am on July 31. Television presenters, actors and artists which will help co-host the programme. From July 31 until August 3 any member of the public will be able to donate funds through the Bank of Cyprus or the National Bank of Greece.The free concert will take place on July 31 between 5pm and 11pm in Nicosia’s municipal park near the House of Representatives. The bands performing will include Neon Knights, Cashiers and The Fuse.Tickets for €1, €2 and €3 will be available in the concert area in exchange for food and drink. All proceeds will be given to the Hope for Children CRC Policy Center, an international humanitarian and independent institution based in Nicosia whose focus is on promoting and protecting the rights of children.The fundraiser and concert will be covered and promoted by Digital Tree e-publishers, CYBC, ANT1, Alpha Cyprus, Sigma, TVone, Politis, Cyprus Mail, IMH, Alithia, SuperSport FM, Fileleftheros, Cyprusnews.eu, Dialogos and Newsbomb Cyprus.They will also be supported by the Municipality of Nicosia, STS, Cyprus Youth, ONEK and AIPFE Cyprus.Eleni Foureira, who finished second for Cyprus with the song Fuego at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest said on her Instagram account that she and her partners have decided to donate the proceeds of her last three concerts to the victims of the wildfires.You May LikeNovelodgeMartial Artist Bolo Yeung Is 72 And Time Has Not Been KindNovelodgeUndoHealth & Human Research7 Weird Things That Happen When You Eat Oats EverydayHealth & Human ResearchUndoEditorChoiceThese Magical Locations Were Abandoned Years Ago. Look At Them TodayEditorChoiceUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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