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Obama drops plan to withdraw forces from Afghanistan

US soldiers attend a memorial ceremony at a military base in Bagram, 50 kms north of Kabul

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama said Thursday he has ordered a slowdown in the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, marking a reversal in his war plan and effectively handing a U.S. presence there over to his successor.

Under pressure at home and abroad, Obama said that--following a strategy review--the U.S. will maintain the current American force of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan...