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By Heath Druzin
Copyright: Stars and Stripes
KABUL — President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. plans to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan past the end of the year brought relief to Afghans worried a full withdrawal would leave a security vacuum.
But questions remain about what the post-combat mission in this still-active war zone will look like.
The long wait for Obama’s announcement caused unease in a nation where, nearly 13 years after the U.S. military invasion that ousted the ruling Taliban, a war is still raging in parts of the country, and Afghan troops still rely on U.S. intelligence and technology to fight an entrenched insurgency.