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Obama says troop levels in Afghanistan won't be cut as he once pledged

Obama says troop levels in Afghanistan won't be cut as he once pledged

President Obama will hand off the 15-year-old war in Afghanistan to a third president, he said Wednesday, acknowledging that he will fall short of his campaign-era promise to extract the U.S. from punishing ground wars overseas.

In announcing that he will leave 8,400 military personnel in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency, Obama backed off his pledge to reduce the U.S. presence there to embassy staff and accompanying security forces by the end of the year. Taliban fighters running roughshod over the impaired Afghan military forced Obama’s hand.

“The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious,”...

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