Obama speeding up Afghan war pullout

Posted: January 12, 2013 at 4:31 a.m.

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai finish off their joint news conference with a handshake Friday in the White House.

President Barack Obama announced Friday that he’s accelerating the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, with the 66,000 American troops moving this spring into a largely training and advisory role and Afghan troops taking the lead throughout the country in fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.

Obama: Afghan war coming to an end

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say in a statement Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is expected to shift to a support role later this spring, a few months earlier than expected. (By The Associated Press)
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