WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama made his final decision on Tuesday on the scale and pace of a U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and will announce his plan in a prime-time speech to Americans on Wednesday.
Obama is expected to present a blueprint for bringing home thousands of troops in the initial phase starting in July and also unveil a broader withdrawal strategy for the remainder of the 30,000 extra "surge" troops he ordered deployed in late 2009, a U.S. official said.
The president's address from the White House, scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT), comes amid growing pressure from Congress and the U.S. public for an end to the costly, 10-year-old war.
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