US Will Begin Withdrawing Troops in July 2011
President will discuss Afghan timetable in speech tonight
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2009 3:09 PM CST
In this Oct. 21 file photo, President Obama speaks at Metropolitan Archives facility, in Landover, Md.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – President Obama plans to begin withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan in July 2011, senior administration officials say. Obama will sketch out the timetable tonight when he announces plans to send an additional 30,000 troops to the country over the next 6 months, report the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Obama will try to make clear to Americans that the troop surge will be accompanied by a clear exit strategy. The administration's thinking is that by accelerating the arrival of US troops—a total of 100,000 will be on the ground in May—it will help the Afghan government and army get up to speed more quickly.

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Non-deep-thinker
Dec 2, 2009 12:40 PM CST
Huh? It's a good plan? "We're going to beef up our troops in Afghanistan and they are going to fight until July 2011, and then they are going to pack up and leave." (?) There's just something weird about this. Does anyone recall any other military leader, or leader, making a speech like this? -- in human recorded history, I mean? ---------------------------------------------------------------------- "We're going to send our brave fighting forces to __________ (choose place) and shoot it out with the enemy for 3 years, and then we're going to come home again." ----------------------------------I've just got a funny feeling about this.
KurtRambis4va
Dec 2, 2009 12:26 PM CST
We need like 12,117,456,201 dead presidents back
DieselDaWg
Dec 2, 2009 12:01 PM CST
Attention all felllow freedom fighters: As of tomorrow we will cease current operations and scale down our attacks against the infidel forces within the borders of our Islamic Nation. We will continue to gather funding, arms, and other weapons. We will continue to recruit and train secretly. This new plan will be in force until July 2011. Until then, make nice with the infidels and keep the faith. We have been at this for hundreds of years and a couple more will not deter the will of Allah. Death to America! (signed Abdula Mohamed Johnson, your local Taliban leader)