Obama's half-full, half-empty Afghanistan plan

May 27, 2014 10:28 PM

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President Obama has committed to keeping a relatively robust 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan next year, but that number will be cut in half in 2016. It sends a mixed message, some analysts say.

President Obama began to write the final chapter of the war in Afghanistan Tuesday, with his highly anticipated announcement that 9,800 US troops will remain in the country after 2014 – and, equally important, that by the end of 2015 that number is set to be reduced by half, to 5,000.

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