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Obama to Leave 8,400 Troops in Afghanistan Through End of Administration

In this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo, U.S. Marine squad leader Sgt. Matthew Duquette, left, of Warrenville, Ill. , with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines walks with Afghan National Army Lt. Hussein, during in a joint patrol in southern Afghanistan. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he plans to increase to around 8,400 the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office.

The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original plan and what many military commanders had recommended.

Obama had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 troops by the end of 2016. But Taliban resurgence has forced Washington to rethink its exit strategy.

Obama plans to announce the numbers during a statement from the Roosevelt Room. He'll appear with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

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