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    Obama to Keep 5,500 Troops in Afghanistan

    They’re staying put. Despite long-held plans to withdraw all but around 1,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, President Obama has had a change of heart. Following a review of U.S. policy in the region, he now plans to keep 5,500 U.S. troops — compared to today’s 9,800 — positioned at Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar bases into 2017. The change will add nearly $5 billion to the bill, and the “limited” U.S. mission will continue to focus on counter-terrorism efforts.

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