Obama's Afghanistan plan will pull 30k by end of 2012
June 21st, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Obama's Afghanistan plan will pull 30k by end of 2012

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr is reporting President Obama's drawdown plan would result in 30,000 U.S. "surge" forces being withdrawn by the end of 2012:

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is expected to announce a plan that would result in the 30,000 U.S. "surge" forces being withdrawn completely from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, an administration official told CNN.

This comes ahead of the president's expected speech on the Afghanistan troop drawdown on Wednesday.

The time-frame would give U.S. commanders another two "fighting" seasons with the bulk of U.S. forces still available for combat operations.

Of course, we'll have to wait for tomorrow for the actual timetable of how many troops when.


Topics: Afghanistan • The News

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. jean2009

    What? JayinNC isn't here heaping praise on the President for bringing troops home.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • John

      You mean like he was praised when he closed – never mind.
      I think you may be a little premature.

      June 21, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  2. Jay in NC

    30,000 in 18 months? That is not a draw down thats attrition. Someone should read the fine print on this deal. He is probably including those killed in action. And what about the other 70,000 US troops? Are they there to fight a 100 year war?

    No, I will not praise this president, he is using our troops as a political tool. Barry's followers will only hear that troops are coming home, never looking at the details, never hold him to the same standards as other presidents.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  3. John

    Seems kind of like his tax cutting plan. He puts billions in a proposed plan then says he is cutting billions. Come to find out it is the billions he proposed that are being cut. Didn't we recently have a surge of 30,000 troops?

    June 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, you wouldn't praise the President, BARACK H Obama if he walked on water, turned water into wine, raise the dead, hung on the cross, DIED, and rose again! You cry and scream that OBAMA needs to bring the troops home and out of Afghanistan and when he starts or announces that, that is what he's going to do, that's still not enough! Is it that you want to give your 'President' Bush that credit for that too? YOU CONSERVATIVES ARE PATHETIC! @John; thanks for your respectful posts re: NELSON MANDELA!

    June 22, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Unlike you, who worships him, I have been paying attention to this president. On Jan 22, 2009, signed executive order to close GITMO. Remember, "return America to her moral high ground." GITMO is still open. Remember gays serving in the military. Still has not been implemented. Remember solar energy at the White House with in one year, nope, not yet. The list of broken promises, yes promises that even conservatives agreed with is long.

      Still waiting for shovel ready projects and unemployment below 8%. Barry is a hypocrite.

      June 22, 2011 at 8:39 am |

    Obama 2012!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    NO Jay! I WORSHIP GOD, THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, MY LORD AND SAVIOR! THE REAL MESSIAH! The only men I can claim to worship or praise was first my Father; my brothers, my uncles, and of course, my husband. However, I'm not going to stand by and allow you and the rest of your ilk continue to beatdown, berate, and abuse this PRESIDENT with your lies, hate, envy, double-standards, half-truth embellishments, and racist antics! BTW, Did ya keep a tally, pay attention to BUSH; how he lied and broke promises?

    June 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |