|Obama plans Afghanistan pullout|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that 2014 will be “pivotal” for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan as he announced plans to cut the American military presence to almost zero over the next two years.
As the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ends this year, U.S. forces there will be reduced to 9,800 troops, enough to help train Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism operations, he said. In 2015, that deployment will be cut in half and by the end of 2016 the U.S. will be down to only enough troops for security for the American Embassy.
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