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Post time 2011-6-23 13:41:56 |Display all floors
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday night laid out his plans for Afghanistan troops drawdown that is set to begin next Month, ordering 10,000 troops from that country by year-end with a total of 33,000 troops to be out by next summer.

The plans would withdraw all the "surge troops" he sent to Afghanistan in late 2009 to strengthen the fight against the Talibans.

In a prime time White House speech, Obama said he ordered the drawdown in "a position of strength," noting the United States is "meeting our goals" which include "refocus on al-Qaida; reverse the Taliban's momentum; and train Afghan Security Forces to defend their own country."

After the initial reduction, the U.S. troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan Security forces move into the lead, said Obama, as the U.S. mission will change from combat to support.

After the withdrawal of 33,000 troops, some 70,000 U.S. troops will still remain in Afghanistan, who will withdraw at a steady pace.

Obama said that by 2014, the process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security.

He also said al-Qaida is under "more pressure than at any time since 9/11," as more than half of the terror network's leadership were taken out, including terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in a U.S. special forces operation in Pakistan last month.

"The information that we recovered from bin Laden's compound shows al-Qaida under enormous strain," said Obama.

A senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said before making the speech, Obama called important allies including Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

"The president updated them on our efforts," said the official. "They appreciated the calls and all of them agreed that it's important for the coalition to remain closely coordinated going forward."

In his speech, Obama also announced the U.S. is to host a summit with its NATO allies and partners next May in Chicago to "shape the next phase" of the transition in Afghanistan.

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Post time 2011-6-24 22:02:10 |Display all floors

Military chiefs turn their fire on Barack Obama

...... over Afghanistan withdrawal plan
23 Jun 2011

America's military leaders have distanced themselves from President's Barack Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next September, branding the drawdown timetable as more hasty and riskier than the one they proposed.

General David Petraeus, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, told Senators: "The ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended."

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the most senior United States military commander, used a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee to reveal a significant breach between Mr Obama and the senior officers he charged with defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"The president's decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept," he told a House of Representatives committee hearing.

Gen Petraeus said his recommendation had been based on his desire for a full complement of troops for two more summer fighting seasons. Under Mr Obama's new orders, a third of the current force will have returned before the end of the 2011 fighting season.

He added that there were "broader considerations beyond just those of a military commander" and that "with the decision made, obviously I support that".

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Post time 2011-6-24 22:03:17 |Display all floors
Expect a US Military coup before Obama's Ist Term end.

Yes, you read it in CD Forum first!

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