June 22nd, 2011
08:28 PM ET

Obama: Surge troops out in 15 months

President Obama announced Wednesday night that all of the 33,000 additional U.S. forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 would be home within the next 15 months.

In a nationally televised address from the East Room of the White House, Obama said 10,000 of the so-called "surge" forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would leave Afghanistan by September 2012. The troop withdrawals will begin next month, as promised when Obama ordered the surge in a speech 18 months ago. (Chart: U.S. troop levels over the years)

After the departure of all the surge forces, the total U.S. military deployment in Afghanistan would be just under 70,000 troops. Obama's time frame would give U.S. commanders another two "fighting" seasons with the bulk of U.S. forces still available for combat operations.

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  1. nrsmarji

    When did a USAID worker become a Sr American official? The int. audience may not know that is nothing more than a construction corp. That guy could be a cement mixer for all we know.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    UK reimpatriated 2 British soldiers today: DEAD !!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    it is just the tactic for election , but we have to remove Taliban Alqaeda ISI and their supporters, even Karzai to make the regoin safe for everyone , otherwise we would face the 9/11 again ,

    from Kabul

    June 23, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      9/11 was in New York, not in Kabul. Why did you say "we" would face ?

      June 23, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • /

      Because that kind of massive event affects us ALL, fool.

      June 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan from Detroit, MI

    I disagree. We need to get all the troops out by July31, 2011 and no later!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    Of course I believe everything you say Mr President. But I am not holding my breath until you do what you say.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |