May 28, 2014
Leading to an end in combat operations in Afghanistan later this year, President Barack Obama has announced plans to keep close to 10,000 troops in the country if a security agreement is signed by Afghan officials. Obama plans to have virtually all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan by 2016. “We will bring America’s longest war to a responsible end,” Obama said. Since the deployment of U.S. forces to Iraq and Afghanistan, there have been up to 100,000 military personnel in Afghanistan at a given point in time—over 2,300 American troops have been killed during combat operations. There are currently 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.