Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home
A cloud of dust rises from an Afghan road after US troops destroy an IED in their path.
February 12th, 2013
09:48 AM ET

Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home

By Jake Tapper

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the president's speech.

The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half.

A Washington Post poll out Tuesday morning shows that 80% of registered voters support the president's policy to end the war in Afghanistan.

The White House has been considering a range of troop levels to remain in Afghanistan once the combat mission officially ends at the end of 2014, from as many as 15,000 troops to none at all.


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  1. demourl

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    March 11, 2013 at 5:36 am | Reply
  2. Bangash

    Why leaving rest of the army at the mercy of Taliban? What US has got of 12 years occupation in Afghanistan and what has necessitated announcement of withdrawal? I hope their is no time to deceive innocent Americans any more. Change is inevitable for survival of America on world map as MIC has damaged a lot and there is no way to continue with war mongers.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Good posting, Bangash. Thank you.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  3. ankururdu

    US-Asian relations: The Asia Pivot: a turning point in an oscillating world?

    February 13, 2013 at 12:49 am | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahaha

    If we pull ALL our troups, how would we fund the MIC and FED??? Hahahahhahahahah

    February 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Sodomite

      The same as always – with taxes.

      February 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  5. tricky dick

    the main thing we need to pull is foreign aid from all countries.

    February 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Sodomite

      Especially our puppets.

      February 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  6. George Patton

    "Obama to pull out 34,000 of our troops from Afghanistan". That'll still leave 34,000 too many!!! We need to pull all of troops out of there as soon as possible. In fact, none of them should ever have been sent there in the first place!!!

    February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Sodomite

      But George – what will all our "heroes" do?

      February 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        That is a very good question, Sodomite. Maybe, it's about time that the Russian "heroes" went to work for a change. Our "heroes" are getting more than their share of all the praise, especially the late Christopher Kyle who killed over 150 Iraqis!!!

        February 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
      • robroy

        this is actually for patton.mr Kyle a hero?like hell,you hit the nail on the head when you said 150 Iraqis.In Iraq,correct? defending their homeland for whatever reason against foreign intervention,correct. apparently there were at least 150 and counting that didn't want out of towners in town.this guy takes a fellow marine whose got PTSD out to a gun range to quote "vent off",thats like taking an arsonist whose depressed for a stroll through a gas refinery!!!!!!As the saying goes live by the sword,die by the sword.

        February 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • George Patton

      I did not make above posts, phunnie boy did under set of ids, so funny, stup id Phunnie Boy thinks no one knows what his is doing lol!!, and the best part is, he supports his own comments, under different pseudonym, sometime george patton, sometime john geheran, or John Smith, and now Sodomite too, what ever name will do at the time. He just chooses to use others names to create his own form of chaos. Just use you own handle you gutless piece of s-h-i-t. Hey achmed, alla U akur brother, salom aleinkun bro

      February 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Please Phunnie boy, do cut the Tea Party lingo out. It has no place here and only shows the ignorance of those who use it!

        February 13, 2013 at 9:35 am |
      • Marine5484

        I agree, Joseph. If these ignorant Tea Partiers can't post their stupidity here without using obscene language, then they shouldn't be posting on this web page at all!

        February 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

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