'Operation Endless War': US Could Leave 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan After 2016

The U.S. is reportedly considering a plan to leave as many as 10,000 troops in Afghanistan “beyond the end of 2016,” the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The paper reports that the option was one of five that the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, offered the Pentagon and NATO officials in Brussels. From the WSJ:

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The reporting comes just months after President Obama announced that, “based on [Afghan] President Ghani’s request for flexibility,” there would be no troop draw-down in 2015. As Common Dreams reported at the time:

Writing in 2014, when Obama authorized the extension of the war in Afghanistan, noted commentator and writer Jim Hightower charged: “‘Operation Enduring Freedom,'” as the government originally dubbed this mess of a military mission, should be renamed ‘Operation Endless War.'”

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