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Here’s How Obama Finally Plans To End The Longest War In American History

Source: www.businessinsider.com – Tuesday, May 27, 2014
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a plan to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan after what has become the longest war in American history.  In a statement from the Rose Garden of the White House, Obama announced his intention to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014, when the U.S.'s combat operations will be completed. The 9,800-troop level would mark a drawdown from the 32,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in the country. It comes as NATO is set to pull the bulk of its 70,000-plus troops from the region as well. In a conference call with reporters, senior Obama administration officials said the remaining U.S. troops in the region would have two missions: Training Afghan security forces, and conducting counterterror missions against the remnants of al Qaeda. "We will bring America's longest war to a responsible end," Obama said in a Rose Garden statement Tuesday. " The future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans." The plan has three drawdown phases: Current troop level: 32,000 End of 2014: 9,800 End of 2015: Roughly half that number, with troops consolidated in the capital of Kabul and Bagram air field. End of 2016: The U.S. will draw down to what administration officials described as a "normal embassy presence" in Kabul. The reduction to a "normal embassy presence" would come as Obama is set to leave office after the completion of his second term. The proposal is largely in line with what mi

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