Pres. Obama to leave more troops than planned in Afghanistan; situation remains “precarious”

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will leave behind more troops in Afghanistan than originally planned.

Speaking from the White House, Obama said he would draw down troops to 8,400, from the initial target of 5,500. The current level of troops in Afghanistan is 9,800.

"The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious," Obama said. "I strongly believe it is in our national security interest ... that we give our Afghan partners the best opportunities to succeed."

Obama granted U.S. military commanders last month more freedom to strike Taliban targets in support of Afghan troops, Carter announced at a summit at the time.

"This is using the forces we have here in a better way," Carter told the Defense One Tech Summit on June 10, calling the expanded authority "a good use of the combat power that we have there."

At least 34 people were killed last week west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul when two suicide bombers attacked a convoy of buses carrying newly graduated police officers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said in a statement.

4 comments

  • Michael Neils

    Send the criminals, no matter what age, from Milwaukee into a new program @ Afghanistan. Catch them in Milwaukee & release them in Afghanistan. Sometimes a change of environment can do wonders. There, they can shoot and steal, stab and rape and see how a different country handles such things. They can straighten out and join the USA forces. They can run to nowhere. So many choices over there as opposed to repeating the same crimes over and over again in Milwaukee, just waiting to be shot by a cop or honest citizen in fear of their life as they take lives and ruin the lives of the honest.

  • USMC GRUNT 0311, AUTHOR OF SARCASM

    (USA forces) needs people that have an IQ, it’s a nice way to think but the services do not want thugs, last I heard they only go after A plus students. Send the thugs to go live with Tom Barrett.

    • Michael Neils

      USMC – From the parents, family and friends most articles state these ARE good, gifted and talented, church going kids. Not thugs. Mayor, DA, judges should have to board them in their homes. That would end the catch n release. You sign off/rule the release=your responsibility.

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