US president Barack Obama has announced that in view of current security concerns, 5500 American troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2016. This is in contradiction to Obama’s original plan to withdraw troops by the end of next year.
The US defense headquarters has acknowledged that there are thousands more US troops in Afghanistan than previously stated. The new count exceeds the troop cap set under former President Barack Obama.
The deaths of a minesweeper and a Red Cross employee last week are a sign that Afghanistan has become more dangerous for aid workers. Organizations are being forced to shut down, leaving victims in need.
NATO's top civilian representative in Afghanistan, Cornelius Zimmermann, tells DW about his hopes that US troop reinforcements, coupled with stronger Afghan peace efforts, will turn the tide in this long war.
US President Donald Trump warned against a "hasty withdrawal" from Afghanistan while announcing a new strategy for the war-torn country. However, he refused to provide details on the number of additional troops.
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