US may shift faster to Afghan advisory role (AP) – 1244th Edition

3 11 2011

In this undated photo provided by the Oklahoma National Guard, 19-year-old Pfc. Sarina Butcher of Checotah, Okla. is shown. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 that Butcher and 26-year-old Spc. Christopher Gailey of Ochelata died Tuesday when their vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province. Butcher is the first female Oklahoma National Guard Soldier to be killed during wartime and is also the youngest Oklahoma Citizen-Soldier to die in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Oklahoma National Guard)AP – A senior U.S. official says the Obama administration is considering shifting the U.S. military role in Afghanistan from primarily combat to mainly advisory and training duties as early as next year.

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