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American troops will be spending more time than expected in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama announced Thursday we will keep our presence there through 2017.

The the idea is to keep 9,800 troops through next year. Then drop to 5,500 in 2017.

"This modest but meaningful extension of our presence can make a real difference. It's the right thing to do," said President Obama.  

Over at the Iowa Army National Guard in Waterloo, they say it's too early to tell the impact of this announcement.

"Right now it's probably too early to tell. We have several units in the state that have been sourced for a deployment well prior to this announcement," said LTC Tim Eich. 

Over the years those deployments have been decreased in size and frequency.

LTC Eich says if they are asked to be deployed, they will be ready to go. 

"Getting our equipment reset so that deployment worthy and so our folks get through schools and training and that type of thing. We're at the point where should we be asked to deploy we'd be able to," said LTC Eich.

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