Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016: Report

October 15, 2015 10:48 AM

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Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016: Report

Washington: President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 US 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.

Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based US 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 US to beat bac...

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