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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:25 AM

Obama to Announce 34,000 Troop Afghanistan Drawdown This Year

Source: ABC NEWS

Feb 12, 2013 9:48am

President Obama will announce at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address that 34,000 troops – more than half of those currently serving in the combat region – will be back from Afghanistan a year from tonight, according to a source familiar with the speech.

Roughly 66,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan. The military has proposed keeping several thousand troops in the country after 2014 as advisers, trainers and logistical support for Afghan forces; the White House has said it remains open to pulling out all troops entirely.

In January, during a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama said today that most U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan would end this spring, signaling a quickening troop drawdown that will bring the decade-long war to a close at the end of 2014.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/kobama-to-announce-34000-troop-afghanistan-drawdown-this-year/

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Purveyor Feb 2013 OP
CountAllVotes Feb 2013 #1
Purveyor Feb 2013 #2
zipplewrath Feb 2013 #3
jaysunb Feb 2013 #4

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:02 AM

1. Are they sending my cousin home?

He's on his fifth tour now ... been at it steady since 2008.



GOOD DAMN LUCK. We need it!!!



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:16 AM

2. Let us hope! eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:11 PM

3. So after 4 years

We'll finally be back down to where they were when he took over.

And after 5 we'll actually be "done", which means they'll be around 8-15K troops still there, but not qualified as "combat". Which will be roughly half of where we started.

Now there is change I can believe in.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:41 PM

4. My Grandson says his unit is being prepped to return

for another tour....I hope he's wrong.

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