Obama to Announce Withdrawal of 34K Troops
Accelerated drawdown to feature in State of the Union address
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2013 9:30 AM CST
In this July 7, 2012, file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, greets troops before departing Kabul International Airport.   (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, File, Pool)

(Newser) – President Obama intends to pull about half of the US' remaining troops in Afghanistan out of the country within a year, and will announce the move at tonight's State of the Union address, two sources familiar with the address tell the AP. Obama agreed to accelerate the US exit during a day-long meeting with Hamid Karzai last month, the sources said.

The exact size of the US' post-war presence in the country is still being finalized; Obama is open to leaving no troops in the country, but a small contingent remains the more likely option. Some security analysts worry that an abrupt drawdown will leave the country at risk of collapse, or even a new Taliban takeover, but polls show the war-weary public widely supports it.

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right2dave
Feb 14, 2013 5:05 AM CST
Poppy season is over?
1freeusa
Feb 12, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Every world empire has lost its status due to over extending the finances of the nation on military. from rome, to england, to the soviet union, and now the U S. The sad part about it, is we havent changed the world for any better. our cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousand of lives. Most if not all was and is for the benifit of big business, and a select few....."The riches of a wise man stand behind the gun"
MSCOTTASHLEY
Feb 12, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Go good news!