U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Kabul : Afghanistan | Jul 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM PDT
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A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Friday struck the Hindu Kush region of northeastern Afghanistan

The first 650 American soldiers have left Afghanistan. By the end of the year, followed by more than 9000th Target of a NATO decision it is that by 2014 all foreign troops Afghanistan have left.


The U.S. has started with the announced withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Some 650 U.S. soldiers who were stationed in the Parwan province northwest of Kabul, have already left the country and are not replaced by new troops as the U.S. military announced on Friday. Barack Obama had announced in June, from Pull off the end of July to about 10,000 currently to approximately 99,000 U.S. troops want.

Army spokesman Michael Wunn said this was the first without replacement withdrawal of U.S. troops since the announcement of the planned gradual withdrawal. For the 650 soldiers are withdrawn after information about Army National Guard of Iowa. Later this month, according to the information other National Guardsmen are sent back home, so far as military trainers are stationed in Kabul. Total to be deducted, according to Army officials in July, 800 U.S. soldiers.

Until 2014, no more foreign soldiers

Obama had announced its intention to withdraw from the end of July to about 10,000 currently approximately 99,000 U.S. soldiers. By the summer of 2012, a total of 33,000 U.S. troops are withdrawn. By the year 2014, all foreign troops should have left the country and the handover process to be completed to the Afghan security forces. The USA is currently about two-thirds of all foreign troops stationed in the Hindu Kush.

The return of the now withdrawn troops had already been planned a long time, said army spokesman Wunn. The soldiers, however, learned only in late June that they will not be replaced by moving up units. Next to Marines from the southern province of Helmand will be deducted unrest, which is considered a stronghold of the radical Islamic Taliban.

Against the backdrop of empty government coffers and the war weariness of the population is currently increasing in the United States discussed the future of the operation. Especially after the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osamabin Laden in early May in his hideout in Pakistan new demands had been raised to accelerate the planned withdrawal of troops, since it now no longer any reason for the high number of the Hindu Kush U.S. soldiers stationed give.

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ZohaibAnwer is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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