Sen. Reid: US set for big Afghanistan troop cut

By REUTERS
June 18, 2011 03:22

WASHINGTON - The United States is on the verge of announcing a "substantial" drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday.

"There's going to be a drawdown. I am confident that it will be one that's substantial. I certainly hope so," the leading Senate Democrat said during an interview with PBS Newshour.

There currently are 100,000 U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, up from about 34,000 when US President Barack Obama, a Democrat, took office in 2009.


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