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Obama-10,000 Troops Out Of Afghanistan By Year’s End

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According to White House sources, when President Obama addresses the nation tonight, he will be announcing that 10,000 of the 30,000 “surge” troops sent to Afghanistan will be home by the end of 2011.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources told Fox News that Obama hopes to remove another 23,000 soldiers by September 2012.  Obama will outline advances and successes against the core of Al-Quaida as the reason for the drawdown.  However, many military leaders are cautioning against sending what they call mixed signals about combating terrorism in Afghanistan and other areas of the Middle East. According to British Newspapers, including the Independent, US Military leaders believe the momentum gained not only from the surge, but also the death of bin Laden presents a prime opportunity to put even more pressure on Al Quaida and weaken it’s ability to wage terror significantly.  Other critics are questioning Obama’s move as a political ploy for the 2012 election so he can say he brought the troops home from war.

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