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Lawmaker says US is considering increasing special operation control of war in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the U.S. is considering increasing special operations control of the Afghan war.
Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon says a new three-star special operations commander may be appointed in Afghanistan to help run the war as the U.S. draws down conventional forces in time for the 2014 deadline.
Such a move would signal a shift to reliance on special operations forces, both to train Afghans to fight in remote areas and possibly to continue raids against insurgent targets. Their role after 2014 has yet to be agreed with the Afghan government.
The California Republican says he's concerned that special operations forces ' now about 8 percent of the force in Afghanistan ' may become overstretched if conventional troops withdraw too quickly.