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Obama says he'll slow Afghanistan drawdown 'so we don't have to go back'
Obama says he'll slow Afghanistan drawdown 'so we don't have to go back'

President Obama has made the steady withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan a top priority for his second term, but his decision Tuesday to change course and slow the drawdown reflects a renewed concern about terrorism threats and a clear rapport with the new president after years of friction with his predecessor. The administration had planned to cut the U.S. military force to about 5,500 troops this year as part of a phased withdrawal. But Obama says he now plans to keep the current force of 9,800 troops there through the end of the year, although he still plans to end America’s longest war before he leaves office. At a White House news conference with President Ashraf...

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