On Thursday, President Obama announced that he would not be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and US forces would remain at their current levels for most of 2016. Obama has said that the troops will remain training and supporting Afghan forces and by the time he leaves office there will still be 5,500 troops in Afghanistan.
Obama had pledged to end US involvement in Afghanistan but as the withdrawal of troops proceeded, the Taliban seemed to gain in strength. The United States does not want a repeat of what happened in Iraq where as troops were removed the Islamic State began to take control. He says that Afghan forces are still not strong enough to take the lead within the nation and still need US support.