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October 4, 2022

US president to speak on Afghanistan troop withdrawal

President Barack Obama will give a speech on the Afghanistan troop drawdown on today, a senior administration official said Monday, according to CNN. The news came hours after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama had yet to make a final decision on the size and scope of the troop withdrawal, but would do so “soon.” An estimated 100,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan, some 30,000 of which are part of the so-called surge ordered in late 2009 in a bid to control the rising violence.

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