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President Obama's speech on Afghanistan




Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the "surge" of forces he had sent to rescue a flailing effort. Said Obama to a country eager for an exit: "The tide of war is receding." A total of 10,000 troops will leave the war zone by the end of this year - fulfilling Obama's promise for a withdrawal starting next month - and more than 20,000 additional forces will leave by the summer of 2012, shortly before the president will go before voters in search of a second term. Still, almost 70,000 U.S. troops will remain in an unstable country, fighting in a war bound to see more Americans killed. Read the entire text of the speech, as provided by the White House:

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 6:48pm]


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