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Jun 23, 2011

Obama sets in motion U.S. pullout from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/KABUL, June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama announced steps for a phased pullout of 100,000 troops
from Afghanistan to end a costly war launched after the
September 11, 2001, attacks and switch the focus to the troubled
U.S. economy.

But the Afghan Taliban, resurgent a decade after being
toppled from power, dismissed Obama’s announcement as symbolic
and said only a full, immediate withdrawal of foreign forces
could stop “pointless bloodshed”. They rejected any suggestion
of U.S. gains against the insurgents.

Jun 23, 2011

Obama sets course for U.S. exit from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced a plan on Wednesday to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in a first step towards ending the long, costly war and returning America’s focus towards it’s own troubled economy.

Obama said he would pull 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year’s end, followed by about 23,000 more by the end of next summer and a steady withdrawal of remaining troops after that.

Jun 23, 2011

Obama sets plan to start U.S. exit from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday a plan to start bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in a significant first step toward ending the long, costly Afghan war.

In a televised address, Obama said he would pull 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year’s end, followed by about 23,000 more by the end of next summer.

Jun 22, 2011

Obama moves toward U.S. exit from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was set to unveil on Wednesday his plan to start bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in a significant first step toward ending a decade-long war that is increasingly unpopular in the United States.

Obama will announce in a televised address at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT) a plan to pull out 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year’s end, followed by about 23,000 more by the end of next summer, congressional aides told Reuters.

Jun 22, 2011

Obama to pull out 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was set to unveil on Wednesday his plan to start bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, a decisive first step toward ending a decade-long war that is increasingly unpopular in the United States.

Obama will announce in a televised address at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT) a plan to pull out 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year’s end, followed by 23,000 more by the end of next summer, a congressional aide told Reuters.

Jun 22, 2011

Obama to unveil plan for Afghanistan troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was set to unveil on Wednesday his plan to start bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, a decisive first step towards ending a decade-long war that is increasingly unpopular in the United States.

Obama will announce in a televised address at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT) a plan to pull out 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year’s end, followed by 23,000 more by the end of next summer, a congressional aide told Reuters.

Jun 22, 2011

Obama to unveil plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was set to unveil on Wednesday his plan to start bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, a first step toward ending a decade-long war that is increasingly unpopular in the United States.

Obama is expected to announce in a televised address at 8 p.m. EDT a plan that may include the withdrawal by year’s end of up to a third of the 30,000 ‘surge’ troops he sent to Afghanistan in 2010, possibly followed by the removal of the rest of those extra forces by the end of 2012.

Jun 20, 2011

U.S. and Afghanistan to weather diplomatic storm: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s ties with Afghan President Hamid Karzai remain solid despite an unusual public rebuke from the U.S. envoy to Kabul this weekend, Karzai’s ambassador to Washington said on Monday.

Ambassador Eklil Hakimi sought to downplay the significance of remarks over the weekend by U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, who complained in surprisingly blunt terms about “hurtful and inappropriate” comments from Afghanistan’s political leaders — a clear reference to Karzai.

Jun 17, 2011

U.S., Pakistan struggle to keep ties on track

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Weeks after the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials are continuing to press Pakistan to do more against militancy, with few visible results as bilateral tensions continue to intensify.

Since the top-secret raid that killed the al Qaeda leader near Islamabad last month, Washington has sent a host of top officials, including CIA chief Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to call in Islamabad, ramping up pressure on an already strained alliance.

Jun 16, 2011

Analysis: U.S., Pakistan struggle to keep ties on track

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Weeks after the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials are continuing to press Pakistan to do more against militancy, with few visible results as bilateral tensions continue to intensify.

Since the top-secret raid that killed the al Qaeda leader near Islamabad last month, Washington has sent a host of top officials, including CIA chief Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to call in Islamabad, ramping up pressure on an already strained alliance.

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