US to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan into 2016

March 25, 2015 2:54 AM

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Washington: The United States will maintain its current 9800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, the White House said on Tuesday after US President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his "chief executive", Abdullah Abdullah.

"Based on President Ghani's request for flexibility in the US drawdown timeline, the US will maintain its current posture of 9800 troops through the end of 2015," the White House said.

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