Obama speech will outline troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Afghanistan plans

President Obama will announce his plans for a new direction in Afghanistan Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to bring 10,000 U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and set a target of recalling 20,000 additional forces by the end of 2012.

He'll be announcing his plans in a speech to the nation this evening. The 20,000 additional service members represent the surge troops that Obama ordered to Afghanistan as part of his 2009 decision to send reinforcements to reverse the Taliban's battlefield momentum.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)


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