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Obama Announces Halt to Afghanistan Withdrawal

• http://news.antiwar.com, by Jason Ditz

President Obama today announced a full halt to America's planned drawdown of military forces to "embassy levels" through the end of his term in office in 2017, ensuring that the American occupation will endure in the country for years to come.

Incredibly, during the announcement Obama reiterated his false claim that "America's combat mission in Afghanistan may be over," just a week after US troops engaged in combat around the northern city of Kunduz. Roughly 10,000 US ground troops remain.

The drawdown has gotten pushed back before, it was supposed to begin this year, but was eventually pushed back to "after 2016," citing security problems. The new announcement doesn't even include the pretense of a future date, and effectively punts the matter to the next administration.