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Obama slows Afghanistan drawdown, announces 8,400 troops will remain into 2017

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President Obama said Wednesday he will slow the U.S. troop drawdown from Afghanistan, announcing that some 8,400 troops will remain there when he leaves office next year.

Obama had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 troops by the end of 2016. But Taliban resurgence has forced Washington to rethink its exit strategy.

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