President Obama announces plans to withdraw troops, leave 10,000 forces in Middle East

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WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, President Obama announced he plans to leave just under 10,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan next year.

He also announced he would keep some troops in the battle-torn country through 2016 but the president emphasized the U.S. combat role ends in December.

He says that will keep his promise to get the country out of two wars.

President Obama said, “When I took office, we had nearly 180,000 troops in harms way. By the end of this year, we’ll have less than 10,000.”

Officials say 9,800 troops will be in Afghanistan by next year, which is down from 39,000 troops who are stationed there now.

Some critics say more troops need to be stationed in the Middle East to continue fighting the Taliban.

However, war-weary Americans seem to be ready for the country’s longest war to come to an end.


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