Taliban Calls Slowing of US Troop Withdrawal ‘Illogical’

WHITE HOUSE—The Taliban have vowed to intensify attacks on American targets, denouncing as “illogical” the U.S. decision to slow down troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Islamist insurgency was reacting Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will maintain the current number of American troops in Afghanistan at 9,800 through most of 2016, before trimming that number to 5,500 by the time he leaves office in January 2017.

The administration had originally planned to keep only about 1,000 U.S. forces post-2016, with a focus on protecting the U.S. embassy in Kabul.READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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