On July 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. EST, during a press conference on CNN, President Barack Obama announced plans to keep at least 8,400 troops in the country until 2017. He abandoned his previous plans of reducing the number of soldiers in Afghanistan.
The initial plan Obama had was to lower the number of troops to roughly 5,500. In September, the country will have been fighting the war in Afghanistan for the 15 years. The conflict is the longest war in U.S. history.
After the removal of troops in Iraq and the rise of radical-Islam, Obama decided to keep troops in Afghanistan. Obama stated that he believed it will not only benefit Afghanistan but hopefully, would make the world a safer place as well.
Obama stated that Afghanistan had become a better and safer country since the U.S. has intervened. He gave much of the progress that Afghanistan has seen to the troops. However, he made it clear that Afghanistan has yet to build up a viable military strong enough to successfully battle against a terrorist takeover.
The President made it clear in the past that he wanted to have the majority of the troops out of Afghanistan by the end of his eight-year term. Instead, Obama’s new plan now keeps the majority of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Just as former President W. George Bush left the war to Obama, the next person to take over will inherit the war.
Written by T. Aaron Degeorge
Edited by Cathy Milne
CNN: Live Presidential News Conference July 6, 2016
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