Officials: President Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016

Oct 15, 2015 9:12 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017.

Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year.

But military leaders have been arguing for months that the Afghans needed additional assistance and support from the U.S. in order to beat back a resurgent Taliban and hold onto gains made over the last 14 years.


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