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October 7, 2015 11:56 am

Obama Administration Considering Plan to Leave Troops in Afghanistan After 2016

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U.S. servicemen patrol the villages in the Bagram Security Zone, March 23, 2011. Photo: U.S. Army.

U.S. servicemen patrol the villages in the Bagram Security Zone, March 23, 2011. Photo: U.S. Army.

Washington Post – President Obama is seriously weighing a proposal to keep as many as 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, according to senior U.S. officials, a move that would end his plans to bring U.S. troops home before he leaves office.

The proposal presented in August by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would focus the remaining American force primarily on counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other direct threats to the United States.

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