U.S. transition to advisory role in Afghanistan involves setbacks

06/10/2013 | Washington Post, The

Most U.S. combat units in Afghanistan have been replaced by smaller teams of advisers assigned to train Afghan forces on large-scale military operations. Some friction has emerged between American troops and their Afghan counterparts because of cultural differences and because of what some perceive as slow progress on the part of Afghan forces. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Stader says overseeing the development of Afghan forces is "like watching grass grow."

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