Afghanistan Troop Surge Ends at Tumultuous Point

ABC News' Martha Raddatz discusses challenges still facing U.S. troops, Afghanistan.
3:00 | 09/21/12

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We begin with a major milestone in america's longest war. The troop surge in afghanistan is officially over this morning. The last of the 33,000 troops president obama sent to the war zone two years ago are now on their way home. Abc's martha raddatz joins us, now. Martha, what does this mean for the overall war effort? And for those troops who are left behind? Well, as the surge troops are gone, it still leaves some 68,000 troops in afghanistan. All combat troops will be out at the end of 2014. Although, some sort of force will remain. Of they 2,000 american deaths in afghanistan, 57% occurred during this surge. The last surge troops are leaving at an extremely tumultuous time. The core of the mission is training afghan troops. But those troops are now turning on the americans and nato forces in record numbers. It has gotten so bad, we have suspended most patrols with the afghans. These will be very challenging years ahead, amy. All right, indeed. Martha raddatz, thanks so much.

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