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Carter confirms U.S. reconsidering timeline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

The White House and Pentagon are re-evaluating the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, opening the door to keeping thousands of American troops in the country beyond President Obama’s expressed timeline to draw down the mission.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed to reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels Wednesday that Mr. Obama is taking a fresh look at the U.S. deployment in the now 15-year-old conflict against the Taliban, and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said in Brussels that could mean slowing the withdrawal timetable, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Obama “has indicated consistently over this time” his willingness to review force levels. “I’ll expect he will do that again as the year goes on,” Mr. Carter said.

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