Obama Slows Afghanistan Drawdown, Will Leave 8,400 Troops | NBC Connecticut
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Obama Slows Afghanistan Drawdown, Will Leave 8,400 Troops

“I’ve made it clear that I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again," Obama says

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Obama Slows Afghanistan Drawdown, Will Leave 8,400 Troops
    AP
    File photo: President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016.

    President Barack Obama announced Wednesday he will slow the military drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving around 8,400 U.S. troops there into 2017.

    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 retool the strategy.

    The president said Wednesday the security in Afghanistan remains "precarious" and Taliban remains a threat, with more Afghan children and women dying. He said he made adjustments to troops levels because of that reason and because it’s in America’s national security interest.

    “I’ve made it clear that I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again," Obama said. 

    Man Visits Disneyland 2,000 Times In a Row

    [NATL] Man Visits Disneyland 2,000 Times In a Row

    A Huntington Beach man has set a record for most consecutive visits to Disneyland. Jeff Reitz, 44, has visited the park 2,000 times in a row. Reitz started visiting the park every day when he was unemployed and wanted to keep his spirits up. Employed at the VA now, Reitz continues to visit every day after work because it helps him to decompress after a long day. His favorite ride is the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which he first rode with his mom when he was 2 years old. 

    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)