Political Headlines January 11, 2013: President Barack Obama: US to End Afghan Combat Operations This Spring

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Obama: US to End Afghan Combat Operations This Spring

Source: WH, 1-11-13


The White House

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday that most U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan would end this spring, signaling a quickening troop drawdown that will bring the decade-long war to a close at the end of 2014.

“Our troops will continue to fight alongside Afghans when needed, but let me say it as plainly as I can: Starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission — training, advising, assisting Afghan forces,” Obama announced at an East Room press conference.

“It will be a historic moment and another step toward full Afghan sovereignty, something I know that President Karzai cares deeply about, as do the Afghan people,” he said….READ MORE

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