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U.S. troops set to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2016

May 28, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT
Soldiers with the Afghan National Army (ANA) keep watch during a patrol with U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in a village outside of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank on March 29, 2014 near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan.
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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The decision means that Obama will leave office in early 2017 having extricated the country from the longest war in U.S. history. He ended Washington's combat presence in Iraq in 2011.
Background:
US to keep 9,800 Afghanistan troops [BBC]
Obama plans to end U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016 [Reuters]

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