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Obama troop plan just enough to prop up Afghan army: experts

President Barack Obama's announcement that thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan past 2016 shows that Afghan forces are not ready to stand aloneThe decision to keep thousands of US troops in Afghanistan drives home the hard truth that despite billions of dollars and years of training, Afghan security forces are far from ready to go it alone. Obama said 9,800 US troops would stay in Afghanistan until the end of next year, scrubbing plans to pull all but 1,000 from the country after 14 years of US involvement. James Dobbins, a former US special envoy to Afghanistan and a veteran diplomat who is now a senior fellow at the Rand Corporation, said the plan was sufficient to maintain the status quo.

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