75°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Mon
86°
73°
80%
Tue
84°
71°
80%
Wed
83°
72°
80%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Obama: Surge troops home by summer 2012

3 years ago June 23, 2011 Jun 23, 2011 Thursday, June 23 2011 Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:27:41 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

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."

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
75°
72°
Mon
PM T-Storms
86°
73°
Tue
T-Storms
84°
71°
Wed
T-Storms
83°
72°
Thu
T-Storms
84°
72°