Obama: US Has Accomplished ‘Big Chunk’ Of Afghanistan Mission

By MichaelJames

Jun 6, 2011 8:29pm

ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:

President Obama said today that the U.S. has accomplished a “big chunk” of its mission in Afghanistan and that he will be making an announcement about the size of the troop withdrawal from the war-torn country “soon.”

“What I've said is this summer is a summer of transition where we start handing over more responsibility for the security of Afghanistan to the Afghan government. I intend to follow through on that commitment that I made to the American people,” Obama said in an interview with Hearst TV.

Obama vowed in 2009 to begin transferring forces out of Afghanistan in July 2011. His administration is now working to determine the pace of the troop withdrawals.

“By us killing Osama bin Laden, getting al Qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country in Afghanistan so that the Taliban can't take it over … it's now time for to recognize that we've accomplished a big chunk of our mission and that it's time for Afghans to take more responsibility," the president said.

Obama met today with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan but the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan was not discussed and the president still has not received a recommendation from his commanders on the ground or the secretary of defense for a troop drawdown figure.

-Mary Bruce

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