Panetta: US combat mission in Afghanistan to wrap up by 2013
? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he expects the United States combat mission in Afghanistan to wrap up next year.
Panetta said the goal is to transition from a combat role to a training role by the middle of 2013.
The transition will come a year before the withdrawal deadline set by President Obama.
There is no word yet on how long troops would be required to stay after the combat mission ends.