Obama will leave 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan

The President warns the country is fragile

President Barack Obama, accompanied by, from left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vice President Joe Biden, speaks about Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Obama announced that he will keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his plan to keep more troops in Afghanistan than previously planned offers the best chance for long-term success.

Obama says the security situation in Afghanistan is still very fragile. He says in some cases there are risks of deterioration.

Obama is unveiling a new plan for the U.S. to keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. The shift retreats from his promise to end the war there during his tenure.

The president says the Afghan military has made gains but is still not as strong as it needs to be.

Obama says U.S. troops’ mission in Afghanistan won’t change. He says they’ll focus on counterterrorism and training Afghan troops.

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