Obama says all U.S. troops will pull out from Afghanistan by end of 2016Updated: 2014-05-28 PM 10:49:09 (KST)
When U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017, the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan will be near zero.
The president said Tuesday that less than 10-thousand American troops will remain in Afghanistan after this year, and roughly half that number will be in the country by the end of 2015.
A year later, the United States will pull out its last remaining combat troops.
"One year later, by the end of 2016, our military will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul with a security assistance component just as we have done in Iraq."
It will put an end to more than 12 years of war, launched shortly after the September 11th attacks.
More than 2-thousand U.S. troops have died in the conflict, plus countless more on the Afghan side.
There are currently around 32-thousand American troops in Afghanistan.
Obama said that so much of America's foreign policy was focused on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and that the future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans.
"This is how wars end in the 21st century -- not through signing ceremonies but through decisive blows against our adversaries, transitions to elected governments."
The withdrawal plan has not come without criticism in the U.S., as Republicans say the timeline is too tight.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.
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Nice it is about time for that.