U.S. Keeps More Troops in Afghanistan Than Obama Pledged

December 6, 2014 3:45 PM

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The new year will open with as many as 10,800 U.S. troops still in Afghanistan, 1,000 more than President Barack Obama pledged, with transition plans running several months behind, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Obama “has provided U.S. military commanders the flexibility to manage any temporary force shortfall that we might experience for a few months,” the departing defense secretary told reporters in Kabul today, after arriving for what amounts to a farewell tour to review the status of the war and pay t...

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