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Obama promises Afghan troop decision soon

Published on May 26, 2014 1:55 AM

BAGRAM AIR BASE (AFP) - US President Barack Obama promised a decision on post-2014 US troop numbers "fairly shortly," after he flew into the country on a surprise night time visit Sunday.

Obama is deliberating on the size of the force that will be left behind after the longest US war to continue to train Afghan forces, who will shoulder the burden of confronting the Taleban and preventing an Al-Qaeda resurgence.

Obama told the top US General in Afghanistan Joseph Dunford and the US ambassador to Kabul James Cunningham that he was facing tough decisions on the US posture after the end of the year when all combat troops pull out.

He promised an announcement "fairly shortly."

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