U.S. to keep 9,800 Afghanistan troops beyond 2014
                     English.news.cn | 2014-05-28 09:02:33 | Editor: Mengjie

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, May 27, 2014.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, May 27, 2014. U.S. Obama said on Tuesday that he planned to leave 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

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Obama announces plan to leave 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he planned to leave 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The troops will be reduced by roughly half by the end of 2015 and draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul by the end of 2016, Obama said at the White House.

After 2014, he said, U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have "two narrow missions": training Afghan forces and supporting counter- terrorism operations against the remnants of al-Qaida.Full Story

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