US Senate pushes to hurry up Afghanistan pullout

By REUTERS
December 1, 2011 05:39

WASHINGTON - The US Senate voted on Wednesday to require President Barack Obama to devise a plan for expediting the pullout of US troops from Afghanistan, signaling growing impatience in Congress.

Obama in June called for about a third of US forces, or 33,000 troops, to leave Afghanistan by the end of next summer. The remaining 66,000 US troops are to be slowly withdrawn until a final transition to Afghan security control in 2014.

The Democratic-controlled Senate's vote for accelerating that drawdown came on an amendment to an annual defense bill, but the chances of the requirement becoming law are slim.

A similar demand for an accelerated transition of military operations from US to Afghan authorities was narrowly defeated in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in May.


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