President Obama Announces Slowdown of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

9,800 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan through 2015.

While the U.S. will now leave more troops in place over the next several months than was previously expected, Obama said the decision "has not changed" his goal to end the war by the end of 2016.

The pace of the drawdown in 2016 will be determined at a later date, Obama said, "to enable the U.S. troop consolidation to a Kabul-based embassy presence by the end of 2016."

Obama has pledged to end the United States’ longest war by the end of 2016, pulling out all but roughly 1,000 of the almost 10,000 U.S. troops now in the country.

The president also repeated his administration's intent to provide funding for an Afghan security force of 352,000 troops through 2017.

“America’s combat mission in Afghanistan may be over but our commitment to the Afghan people, that will endure,” Obama said.

While the U.S. had planned to withdraw roughly half of its troops by the end of this year, Ghani reportedly wanted all U.S. troops to remain in place through next year to support Afghan security forces.

“There is a clearly positive vision now for Afghanistan that President Ghani holds,” Eggers said. “And it’s important, I think, that our leadership and the audience here in Washington sees that qualitatively different relationship and that more positive vision.”

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