Barack Obama to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

June 23rd, 2011 - 8:59 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, June 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) US President Barack Obama has unveiled his plans to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. There are more than 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan and according to the plan which was unveiled on Wednesday about 33,000 soldiers will be withdrawn from the country by next summer.

Bringing out US troops from Afghanistan was one of the campaign pledges of Obama when he was the Democratic presidential candidate in the run-up to the 2008 polls. He has been criticized for not following up on his promise. However with the death of Osama bin Laden, the time seemed right for Obama to bring the troops out of Afghanistan.

The administration plans to withdraw the troops in three phases. 5,000 of the troops are expected out of Afghanistan this summer. Another 5,000 troops will leave the country by the end of the year and 20,000 more expected to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September of 2012. That will still leave about 70,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

The plan has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress saying the plan is not fast enough.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif who is leading the criticism of the president’s pullout plan said that, “It has been the hope of many in Congress and across the country that the full drawdown of U.S. forces would happen sooner than the president laid out — and we will continue to press for a better outcome.”

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