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Obama considering plan to leave significant force in Afghanistan

President Obama is seriously weighing a plan to keep as many as 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, according to senior U.S. officials, a further setback of his goal to end U.S. military involvement there before he leaves office.

The plan presented in August by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would focus primarily on counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other direct threats to the United States.

Obama has made no final decision on the proposal, which was developed before the Taliban captured Kunduz last month, the first major Afghan city to fall to the Taliban since the war began in 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A force of 5,000 US military personnel is no where near enough to defeat the Taliban; it might, however, be large enough to ensure the continued cultivation and transportation of Afghanistan's opium poppies ,the illegal trade which has somehow (miraculously) flourished during the US/NATO occupation.

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