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Obama To Keep Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016 [VIDEO]

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Officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017.

Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency. But military leaders argued for months that the Afghans needed additional assistance and support from the U.S. to beat back a resurgent Taliban and hold onto gains made over the last 14 years of American bloodshed and billions of dollars in aid.

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