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Obama announces U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama said today that it plans to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Trying to end more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama announced plans to withdraw most U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year and then end the U.S. military involvement in 2016.

"We've been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected," admitted the president during a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House. "Now finish the job we started."

The president said that U.S. forces, sent a month after the attacks of September 11, 2001, have been important blows to the leadership of the terrorist network al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden eliminated and prevented Afghanistan would become a base against USA.

Although Obama detailed a timetable for the withdrawal, said it would keep nearly 10,000 troops in the country after combat mission Officially completed later this year, to be deployed throughout Afghanistan and focus on counterterrorism missions and training forces Afghan security.

The president said his plan depends on the Afghan government to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States. Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai, has refused to sign the agreement, Washington is confident that either candidate to succeed in the upcoming presidential election approval.

Obama's plan contemplated that the U.S. military will reduce its current strength of 32,000 to 9,800 elements by early next year. That remnant not participate in combat missions.

During the course of next year, the number of soldiers was reduced by half and will focus on the capital Kabul and Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. Most of the remaining forces will be withdrawn in late 2016 and will remain only about 1,000 soldiers will be part of a security office in Kabul.

Obama's decision broadly corresponds with the view of his military commanders and allow the president fully conclude the US-led when he completed his term in January 2017 military campaign.

traslation: Belén Zapata