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Obama to slow pace of withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama is set to announce on Thursday that he will slow plans to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan and instead will keep the current force of 9,800 through most of 2016 before beginning to trim levels, senior administration officials said. Obama had originally aimed to withdraw all but a small US-embassy-based force in Kabul before he leaves office in January 2017.

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