Obama says he will pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan

By REUTERS
June 23, 2011 03:16

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he will withdraw 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by year's end and a total of 33,000 by the summer of 2012.

In a nationally televised speech outlining a shift in US policy after a decade of war, Obama said that after the initial reduction, more troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan at a steady pace as Afghans take over their own security by 2014.


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