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President announces game plan for getting troops out of Afghanistan
It's America's longest war.
And today President Obama announced his game plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Right now there are 32,000 US troops in Afghanistan.
Under the plan the president outlined today that figure will drop to 9800 after combat operations end this year.
The remaining U.S. troops will be focused on two missions: Training Afghan forces and supporting counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda.
By the end of 2015, that number would be cut by about half, to about 4900.
But the president's plan is contingent on an agreement being reached with the next Afghan president.
The two final Afghan candidates in runoff for president have each indicated they will sign this agreement promptly after taking office. I'm hopeful we can get this done.
President Obama said that at the end of 2016 the only U.S. presence in Afghanistan will be at an Embassy and a security assistance office, similar to the presence in Iraq.