Obama expected to announce new plan to keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan

October 15, 2015 10:06 AM

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Obama expected to announce new plan to keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan

President Obama is expected to announce a plan Thursday to keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2017, ending his ambitions to bring home most American forces from that war-torn country before he leaves office.

The president’s decision came after an “extensive months-long review” that included regular discussions with Afghanistan’s leaders, his national security team and U.S. commanders in the field, a senior administration official said.

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