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BREAKING - Obama to announce return of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan:

BREAKING - Obama to announce return of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan:

U.S. Special Forces soldiers wind down from a mission in the evening dusk of Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 30, 2010. Ben Watson/U.S. Army WASHINGTON — The White House plans to bring home about 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by February 2014, cutting the U.S. presence there by more than half. The announcement, part of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, sets the stage for the final days of the 12-year-old war. NATO officials have already approved plans to end all combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with only a small contingent of American troops remaining to support the country’s fledgling army. A source familiar with Obama’s speech confirmed that the troop announcement will be part of the president’s annual report to Congress. Pentagon officials had no comment on the news. With the announcement, Ob...

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