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Obama statement on US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan

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.

The US president is making a statement about the plan in Washington.

  • 27 May 2014