VOA NEWS: US to Leave 9,800 Troops in Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday plans to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the formal troop drawdown at the end of this year, a senior administration official said.

The number, which emerged after Obama held talks with U.S. military commanders at Bagram air base in Afghanistan on Sunday, is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and would allow the president to fully end the U.S.-led military effort by the time he leaves office.


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