Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Goodbye Afghanistan, hello Asia-Pacific By Jim Lobe



Goodbye Afghanistan, hello Asia-Pacific
By Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his intention to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. In a statement from the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he expects to reduce US troops levels from the roughly 32,000 which remain there now to 9,800 by the end of this year, and to cut that number by about half by the end of 2015.

After this year, US troops deployed to Afghanistan will be used only for training and counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda, he said. 

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