Troop Surge http://northernpublicradio.org en Panetta: U.S. Surge Troops Out Of Afghanistan http://northernpublicradio.org/post/panetta-us-surge-troops-out-afghanistan <p>Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.</p><p>Panetta said the "surge did accomplish it objectives of reversing the Taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increase the size and capability of the Afghan national security forces."</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:10:37 +0000 WNIJ 18731 at http://northernpublicradio.org Panetta: U.S. Surge Troops Out Of Afghanistan