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Hamid Karzai

Obama's Afghan exit

President Barack Obama bowed to the reality on the ground this week when he announced the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan won't be completed by the end of this year as planned. Mr. Obama once hoped to cut the 9,800 remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan by half over the next nine months and reduce that total to fewer than 1,000 by the time he leaves office in 2017. But the Taliban and al-Qaida haven't cooperated with his timetable, nor are the fledgling Afghan security forces ready to defend the country on their own yet. So the president has had to bite the bullet and keep a sizable force in Afghanistan even while insisting he still intends to bring all the troops home...

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