Monday's global agenda: Europe visits the US

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Top Obama administration officials want to keep around 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when formal combat ends in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, announced Monday that he would soon “leave political life,” eliminating what is widely seen as a moderating influence on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [The New York Times]

The Israel-made, U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-missile system almost didn't get off the ground, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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