#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – May 27 – President Barack Obama is seeking to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the US ends its combat mission in the country at the end of this year.
The US plan calls for troop levels to be reduced from its current force of 32,000 by the end of 2014.
The remaining US military presence would train Afghan forces and support counter-terrorism operations.
These numbers would be contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement.
While current Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign such an agreement, the Obama administration appears to be confident either of the two candidates seeking to replace him would do so.
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