Obama halts plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama announced that all 5,800 U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan even after he leaves office in 2017.

When elected to the White House seven years ago, Obama made a pledge to end America’s war in Afghanistan; however, he now says current U.S. troops are needed to remain on the ground to further repel al Qaeda by training local forces.

“As Commander in Chief, I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation, again,” said Obama. “Our forces, therefore, remain engaged in two narrow, but critical missions: training Afghan forces and supporting counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda.”

Obama said that U.S. troops are in a more supporting role with Afghan forces taking the lead in securing their country.

Despite the progress, the White House believes that the local security forces are not fully ready to defend themselves against new aggression by the Taliban and efforts by ISIS to move into the country.

“Their mission will not change,” said Obama. “Our troops will continue to pursue those two narrow tasks that I outlined earlier. Training Afghan forces and going after al Qaeda. But maintaining our current posture through most of next year rather than a more rapid draw down will allow us to sustain our efforts to train and assist Afghan forces as they grow stronger.”

The U.S. currently has 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, and then plans to draw down to 5,500 in 2017.

It costs the U.S. $14.6 billion a year to keep troops in Afghanistan which the Obama administration calls “a key to national security.”

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  • Enigma
    16 October 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Nothing there worth fighting over and the people there will never stand for foreigners.

    If the Afghans won’t fight for their own country then why should we waste our kids lives and our money to prop them up and protect them. The only reason we are staying is so “dear liar” can leave behind another continuous drain on our military s diminishing resources.

    Afghanistan only became a war with Obozo’s surge. Prior it was a minimalist occupation to prusue al Qaeda, not a war. In 2008, Obozo to his Twitter Nation grandly proclaimed Afghanistan was the key. It was the key to doubling our war losses and taking a wrecking ball to Uncle Sam against all history and advice.

  • Mario
    16 October 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    OBAMA, finally learned from his owned mistakes,by retaining troops in Afghanistan. His Generals advised him to retain 10,000 security forces in IRAQ, he was warned that troops withdrawal will create a vacuum and someone will take over. He did not listened, instead he retire seven of his best combat Generals.They were correct, ISIS took over Iraq. Obama’s background was a community organizer, and I will vote for Trump, he grew up from NY Military Academy, among the Presidential candidates he is the most qualified when it comes to military affairs.

    • Yellow Buster
      16 October 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Agree! Trump talks about real issues that other candidates are afraid (understatement) to do. He’s coming out full force and people are reading him wrong…simply because they’re too deeply immersed and mislead by our democratic-liberal-left wingers who continued to drag us down into the sewer station…

  • noz
    17 October 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    yeah, obobo consistently said, the attack on iraq was the biggest mistake of bush43rd, that it should have been the attack of afghanistan instead. so obobo, with no military background, and a very, very slow learner on military strategy escalated the afghanistan war on his own without the house approval, while bush43rd’ iraq war, after 09-11-01 terror was overwhelmingly approved by the house, led to the 2003′ iraq invasion. obobo is a failure on fighting the number one enemy of the USA, the islamists of the muslim nations, because he has no strong strategy, refused to identify, and label exactly who the enemies are, the islamist terrorists. given the fact, his father was a muslin is like attacking his own father, which is too perceptible he is a muslim himself. his self feel good was to call ISIS / ISIL as JV team, boy was this idiot very, very, very WRONG, yet this moron get too many passes, while americans, Christians, innocents were being beheaded. obobo do not get the respects of world’s leaders, who see obobo a weakling, leading from behind, as evidenced by putin able to do radical deeds to spite obobo’s front. the disrespect is as clear as crystal with the free nations not on board with obobo’s rally to fight global terrorisms, so america is left to fight alone with drones. yet, these free nations, like the UK, france are facing so much instability in their own homelands with muslims invasions, now, its germany’s turn, dealing with muslims pushing to their throats their cultures / the sharia laws, their plans for thousands years, ever since mohammed time. the only way to get rid of these uncontrolled islamist terrorists of this generation is for all free nations to come together as one, which can only be successfully done by an american prez with GOD given gift to lead / unite, to really stomp the evils of the islamist terrorists of today, once and for all. whatever the plans of obobo on afghanistan is to save his own face, giving smidgen protections on the lives of the troops, which obobo couldn’t care less. the double about face of obobo is his biggest lies of telling americans, he is not going to send soldiers in harms way, yet his faulty / vague strategy, he sure is putting the soldier’s lives in harms way.

    • Arbi
      17 October 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF YOUR LIFE DOES NOT MATTER, SO STFU. YOU ARE A MORONIC CRIMINAL, YOUR SAYS ARE BANNED TO STOP SPREADING YOUR PIG TRIPE, SO I REPEAT, STFU DIMWIT. ONE OF THESE DAYS, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN THE SEWER, WHERE YOU BELONG.

      • noz
        21 October 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF, AS USUAL PASTED WHAT I WROTE, ITS YOU TELLING YOURSELF TO ADMIT AS CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF YOU ARE WITH YOUR F–K FACE STUCK DEEP IN YOUR BOTTOM PIE. LOSERRRRRRRRRRRRR…………

        • Arbi
          21 October 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

          Oh Nozi, you never run out of BULLSHITS, go hang and shoot yourself in the head……..if you have one

          • noz
            22 October 2015 at 6:47 pm -

            DIDN’T I SAY CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF, YOU ARE A WASTE OF AMERICA, AND MUST BE DISPOSED FOR GOOD BY ICE SOONER THAN YOU THINK, WHOSE FAVORITE ARE HIS COMPADRE’S AS–OLE, LOUDLY SCREECHING OINKKKKKKKKKKK…………

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