U.S. President Barack Obama will announce plans on Tuesday to seek to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the end of this year, a senior administration official said.
Under the scenario envisioned by Obama, the 9,800 troops would be used for training of Afghan forces and counter-terrorism operations.
The 9,800 would be reduced by half by the end of 2015, and by the end of 2016, the U.S. presence would be cut to a normal embassy presence as has been done in Iraq, the official said.
(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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