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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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Obama says he’ll keep more troops in ‘fragile’ Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced plans Thursday to keep nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through most of next year and 5,500 when he leaves office in 2017, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands off the conflict to a successor.

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A Taliban fighter stands guard on a vehicle in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.
A Taliban fighter stands guard on a vehicle in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP Photo)
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US military favors keeping troops in Afghanistan past 2016

In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, citing a fragile security situation highlighted by the Taliban's capture of the northern city of Kunduz this week as well as recent militant inroads in the south.

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President Barack Obama speaks to troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
President Barack Obama speaks to troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Officials: US to keep more troops in Afghanistan into 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops there, including many into the 2016 fighting season, U.S. officials say.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, at a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday,  (SAP Photos/Jonathan Ernst, Pool)
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, at a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, (SAP Photos/Jonathan Ernst, Pool)
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US troops may exit Afghanistan at a slower pace than planned

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

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U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Reports say US broadening military mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

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U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division on patrol in Afghanistan
U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division on patrol in Afghanistan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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5 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five American troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14 year war.

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This file image provided by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a frame grab from a video released by the Taliban containing footage of a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl
This file image provided by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a frame grab from a video released by the Taliban containing footage of a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)
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US Soldier Freed from Captivity in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American solider held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed from Taliban captivity in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

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West Point graduates Michael Lesmeister, left, and brother Jeffrey Daniel Lesmeister, of Anoka, Minn. stand with their mother Lynn Sheree Lesmeister Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
West Point graduates Michael Lesmeister, left, and brother Jeffrey Daniel Lesmeister, of Anoka, Minn. stand with their mother Lynn Sheree Lesmeister Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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West Point Grads Ready for Post-Afghanistan Future

With combat in Afghanistan winding down, members of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2014 insist they're equally prepared for the alliance-building future outlined by President Barack Obama at their graduation ceremony Wednesday.

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President Barack Obama speaking during a troop rally after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, north of Kabul, Afghanistan Sunday, May 25, 2014.(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
President Barack Obama speaking during a troop rally after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, north of Kabul, Afghanistan Sunday, May 25, 2014.(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
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US to Keep 9.800 Troops in Afghanistan as Year Ends

President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by the end of 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

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President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, center, and Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as he arrives at Bagram Air Field
President Barack Obama is greeted by US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, center, and Marine General Joseph Dunford as he arrives at Bagram Air Field (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Obama Visits US Troops in Afghanistan

 

President Barack Obama, on a surprise holiday visit to this sprawling military base, said Sunday he was close to a decision about the number of U.S. troops who will remain after year's end in America's longest war.

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