The Obama administration is considering dropping the number of troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to far fewer than 10,000, which is the minimum Pentagon officials say they need to train Afghan forces.

A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News Monday that a range of options fewer than 10,000 troops are being considered but nothing has been decided.

Reuters first reported Monday that as few as 5,000 troops is one of the options being discussed in talks between officials from the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department on how many troops should remain in the country after the U.S. withdrawal later this year.

Military officials have said they believe a minimum of 10,000 troops is needed in Afghanistan to train and support the Afghan forces fighting the Taliban.

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