US President Barack Obama
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President Obama's Afghan withdrawal speech in full

President Obama has announced the withdrawal of 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and the return home of a further 23,000 by summer next year.

It will mean a quicker than expected conclusion to the "surge" he sent to the country at the end of 2009, against Pentagon advice to withdraw forces more slowly.

  • 23 Jun 2011