US President Barack Obama hopes the troop surge in Afghanistan will accelerate a withdrawal date. According to an unnamed US official, Obama plans to begin exiting troops from the region by July 2011.
US President Barack Obama has hopes that the increase of soldiers in Afghanistan now, will facilitate a troop pull out by 2013. In a much-anticipated speech tonight outlining his new Afghan strategy, Obama is expected make it clear that US deployment will not be open-ended.
A senior US official told reporters that the president has set the date of July 2011 for
US troops in Afghanistan to start coming home. However, he added, the pace and timeframe of a full exit strategy will depend on conditions on the ground.
Earlier Tuesday, a US official speaking on condition of anonymity announced that the president will send 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan front.
Obama has reportedly decided that trickling in extra troops over the next many years would be ineffective, and is therefore set to order a troop surge, the official said.
Date created : 2009-12-01