I ask because this story's headline is dumb on stilts. Denmark is leaving Afghanistan early? Yes, its troops are coming home earlier than planned but summer of 2014 is not early compared to nearly everyone else.
The Dutch withdrew from combat in 2010, the Canadians withdrew from combat in 2011. These folks were the early departers. A quick look at the NATO placemat that
- New Zealand has essentially left (2 out of previous commitment of 200--and an active 200 they were--see the book's chapter seven).
- France is down to 200 or so, and that will be zero soon enough.
- Australia is similar, down significantly and out soon.