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    Obama’s Afghan Reversal Tied to Iraq

    He doesn’t want to take any chances. The American president announced yesterday that he’ll be leaving a 5,500-strong force in Afghanistan past 2016, departing from earlier plans to withdraw all but around 1,000 U.S. troops. He didn’t publicly acknowledge the link between this policy shift and Iraq, where chaos erupted shortly after the American withdrawal four years ago. But the Taliban’s recent resurgence has Obama looking to quash renewed sectarian violence while bolstering his “serious partner” in the Afghan government — though some fear it still won’t be enough.

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