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Obama: Surge troops home by summer 2012

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 2:27 AM by Brittany Rivas
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Obama, White House, troops, military, withdrawal

WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says he's withdrawing the "surge" of forces he sent to Afghanistan.

In a speech from the White House, Obama said he's pulling 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer. Of that number, 10,000 will come home by the end of the year. Obama said in a 13-minute speech that "The tide of war is receding."

The drawdown will mean that almost 70,000 American service members will remain in Afghanistan. Obama said they will leave at "a steady pace." The U.S. combat mission is not expected to end until December 2014.

Some fellow Democrats want a faster pace. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says her party "will continue to press for a better outcome."

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