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President Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 7:00 PM MST, on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. 

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  As U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, retired general Barry McCaffrey says the opium trade is making it harder to leave a stable country behind.  McCaffrey says the corrupting influence of the drug trade complicates the mission of American troops.

"So we have a rifle platoon of U.S. Marines or a Ranger company moving through an endless sea of opium poppy," McCaffrey said in an interview with KUER.  "And they say, 'Well, look, this isn't why we're here.  We're here for counter-insurgency."