Kerry reassures Afghanistan's neighbors over U.S. troop drawdown

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By Matt Spetalnick DUSHANBE/ASHGABAT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John*Kerry sought on Tuesday to reassure the rulers of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan that Washington remained committed to Central Asia's security, even though it is withdrawing troops from neighboring Afghanistan. Both countries fear the spread of Islamist militancy, and U.S. officials worry that government crackdowns will backfire and bring greater instability. Kerry met Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon in Dushanbe and Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in Ashgabat on Tuesday.