Approximately 10,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- With all the support the U.S. is giving around the world, with most of the attention focused on fighting ISIS.  We can't forget about our friendlies over in Afghanistan.

A new security deal between international leaders will keep almost 10,000 American troops there.  President Obama will allow them to remain in Afghanistan, after a shift in power to Ashraf Ghani, the country's new president.

The reason for the troops' extended stay is training.  The good guys will be teaching Afghan soldiers and police about dealing with counter-terrorism missions  against Al-Qaeda and affiliates.

Currently there are about 24,000 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan; down from 100,000 at the peak of U.S. involvement in 2010 and 2011.  The goal is to remove the troops entirely by 2017.  Here's hoping that will happen.


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