Obama to keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, officials say

October 15, 2015 10:48 AM

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Obama to keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, officials say

President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor.

Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency. But military leaders argued for months that the Afghans needed additional assistance and support from the U.S. to beat...

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