March 10th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Gates hints at possible early pullout from Afghanistan

After surveying training camps in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates hinted Wednesday that U.S. troops could be leaving earlier than the announced July 2011 troop withdrawal date.

Without giving details, Gates said that any early pullout and hand over of control to Afghan forces "would have to be conditions-based."

Read full story on CNN's Afghanistan Crossroads blog

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