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U.S. to reduce troop level in Afghanistan to 9,800 by year's end
U.S. to reduce troop level in Afghanistan to 9,800 by year's end

President Obama's plan to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to fewer than 10,000 by year's end seeks to balance fear that a speedier withdrawal would push Afghan forces to collapse against his desire to end more than a decade of war. The result is to keep some U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan until the end of his presidency but potentially leave the final outcome of the war to his successor. After the experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, "I think Americans have learned that it's harder to end wars than it is to begin them," Obama said Tuesday in a brief statement in the White House Rose Garden, where he announced the decision on troop levels. ...

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