Why US Troops Are Staying Longer in Afghanistan

Why US Troops Are Staying Longer in AfghanistanThe announcement that thousands of U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan longer than planned marks a major reversal of President Obama’s goal to end both this war, as well as the war in Iraq, during his time in office. The president formally announced the policy change at the White House this morning alongside Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. The decision comes as the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, highlighted by the Taliban’s takeover of the city of Kunduz last month.

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