Obama: U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan
President Barack Obama announced today that the United States will keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan through the end of his term in 2017.
The 9,800 troops currently in Afghanistan will remain there through most of 2016. By early 2017, that number will drop to 5,500.
Obama’s original plan was to reduce the number of troops to 1,000 in Kabul by the start of 2017.
The announcement may indicate that Afghan security forces are not ready to defend themselves from the Taliban on their own. American troops will continue to train Afghan forces and search for al-Qaida fighters and ISIS militants.
NPR’s Tom Bowman joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss Obama’s decision.