Nightly News | February 01, 2012
>>> now to the pentagon. there is big news about the war in afghanistan and the time table for withdrawal of american troops. jim miklazewski covering at the pentagon for us tonight. jim , good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. for the first time today, defense secretary leon panetta said the u.s. combat mission in afghanistan would officially be ended before the end of next year. that's a full year before all forces are scheduled to withdraw. americans instead would advise and train the afghan security forces . while this is a significant milestone in that ten-year war, it does not necessarily mean an end to all combat for u.s. forces . for example, they could still team up with afghan forces in fighting the taliban when needed. now, pentagon officials are also insisting this is not a new strategy. in fact, this is exactly the same strategy the americans used in getting out of iraq. in that case, there were some 370 u.s. military killed after that combat mission was officially declared over, brian.
>> jim miklazewski at the pentagon with the news from there tonight, jim , thanks.