Obama: Afghan troops not as strong as needed, US forces to stay

October 15, 2015 18:37

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday Afghan troops were still not as strong as they needed to be as he announced his decision to maintain 9,800 US troops in the country through most of next year.

"It's the right thing to do," Obama said at the White House. "As commander in chief I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again."

Obama said the decision should show the Taliban that the only way to achieve a full drawdown of US troops was to reach a settlement with the Afghan government.

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