Transcript for Obama Announces Slowdown of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan
President Obama would want. Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place that's a driving force behind the request from Afghanistan's new president for the USC keep more troops in this country. For a longer time. A request President Obama agreed to. Today he announced the US will maintain the current troop level in Afghanistan. About 19100 service members through the end of this year and this flexibility reflects our reinvigorated partnership with Afghanistan we're choosing that. Making Afghanistan secure and preventing it from being used to launch terrorist attacks president Obama's goal which he announced last may was to cut US troop levels in half by the end of this year. Today he said despite this slowdown timeline. The DT US draw down will be complete leaving just an embassy presence in 2016. Has not changed so that the president acknowledged the harsh reality of this decision there are going to be some more folks. War in Afghanistan. Under the new schedule who would have been home president Donnie expressed his gratitude for the ongoing supported the United States uses. Shoulder to shoulder with us. Didn't lipstick thank you can be sure does respect for the 2215. Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. Playing a read this morning at the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington national cemetery. Guys administration represents a fresh start for US Afghan relations which had deteriorated. In recent years. Karen Travers ABC news Washington.
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