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Are you happy Obama is keeping 8,400 troops in Afghanistan?


Barack Obama visits soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010. (ResoluteMedia/Flickr)

President Obama decided, once again, he will slow the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan due to the ongoing struggle. 8,400 troops will remain in Afghanistan indefinitely.

The move comes more than two years after the announcement of an official end to combat operations in Afghanistan.

The White House originally planned to reduce the number of US troops to 5,500 by the time President Obama left office.

But now the prez says 8,400 troops must stay for our "national security interest":

"It is in our national security interest ... that we give our Afghan partners the very best opportunity to succeed."

Obama cites a weak Afghan security force, a resilient Taliban insurgency, and an unruly system:

"The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious. Even as they improve, Afghan security forces are still not as strong as they need to be. With our help, they're still working to improve critical capabilities, such as intelligence, logistics, aviation and command and control. At the same time the Taliban remains a threat. They've gained ground in some places."

Since US troops invaded Afghanistan in 2001, 2,382 soldiers have lost their lives. Just in the past 18 months, 38 military personnel and civilians have died:

"Afghanistan is not a perfect place. It is going to continue to take time for them to build up the military capacity that we sometimes take for granted. ... Given the enormous challenges they face, the Afghan people will need the support of the world, led by the United States, for many years to come."

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Are you happy Obama is keeping 8,400 troops in Afghanistan?

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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