Obama: Longest war in US history is ending
HONOLULU - President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.
Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul.
Obama says in a statement that the effort has devastated al-Qaida's core leadership, brought justice to Osama bin Laden and disrupted terrorist plots. He says U.S. troops and diplomats have helped Afghans reclaim their communities and move toward democracy.
Obama is also honoring the more than 2,200 Americans who have died in Afghanistan since the war started 13 years ago. Obama says those years have tested the U.S. and its military.
From a peak 140,000 troops in 2010, the U.S. and NATO plan to leave just 13,500 behind.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
St. George annexation petition expected to be filed Monday
Pointe Coupee Parish prioritzed 30 roads for repair
Planned implosion at collapsed New Orleans hotel has been completed
Risque painting at downtown art gallery causes rubber-necking among sidewalk traffic
Some residents unsure of St. George plan, want to be annexed back...