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US to Scrap Afghanistan Drawdown Plan

The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, amid requests from military leaders to keep more troops there, U.S. officials said Monday. Although no final decision on numbers has been made, U.S. officials say, most of the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan are expected to stay well into next year. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the mandate of the...

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