Obama announces all US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2016

Obama announces all US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2016

US President Barack Obama announced that he wants to end the US presence in Afghanistan by the end of 2016 which will wind down the longest war in American history.

President Obama spoke with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to brief him on the US plans to cut the US presence to a normal embassy presence by the end of 2016.

President Obama said the time has come to move on from the war in Afghanistan as Afghanistan security forces have shown they are capable of defending their country.

 But the withdrawal is subject to agreement by the Afghan President.

 The US is hopeful a deal will be reached as two new candidates are in the running to become President next month.

 Obama said that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place and it is not up to the United States to make it one.

 The US troops are set to return home this year, but the Afghan government still has to sign the security agreement.

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