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Washington must consider boosting its military presence in Afghanistan after 2016 if it intends to repel a Taliban upsurge, a US commander said Tuesday as he acknowledged an air strike on a Kunduz hospital was a mistake. The United States is reviewing whether to press ahead with its plan to reduce the number of its troops in the war-torn country to an embassy-centric force of about 1,000 beginning in 2017, but General John Campbell warned that the "tenuous security situation" might require a reversal of that drawdown. Asked if a change was warranted, Campbell testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that "based on conditions on the ground, based on the transitions I have talked about, I do believe that we have to provide our senior leadership options different than the current plan that we're going with, absolutely." US forces in Afghanistan presently stand at about 9,800, a number which was supposed to have been halved by the end of 2015.