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Obama: US to Leave 9,800 Troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced plans to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the formal troop drawdown at the end of this year, a measure he said would conclude the nation’s combat mission and “bring America’s longest war to a responsible end.”   The number of troops, 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...

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