More U.S. Forces Headed to Afghanistan. Again.

President Obama has given authority for more U.S. forces to be sent to Afghanistan as needed in order to support the Afghan military as it fights the resurgent Taliban. U.S. involvement of late has officially been limited to the role of advising and assisting Afghan special forces. There are about 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan; the originally planned drawdown to 5,500 troops by 2017 will likely now be postponed.


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