Lawmakers still questioning Afghanistan drawdown


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Afghan election crisis and Iraq's unraveling have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

The White House says Afghanistan is different from Iraq, and the drawdown decision is a done deal.

Some lawmakers say it's too risky to pull American troops out so quickly, especially with the Afghan presidential election in the balance. They don't want to see Afghanistan go the way of Iraq, and they fear that the Afghan security force won't be ready for solo duty.

Under Obama's plan, the U.S. force will drop to 9,800 by year's end and be cut in half by the end of 2015, with only about 1,000 remaining after 2016.

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