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President Obama announces troop withdrawals

WASHINGTON D.C. (KAIT) - President Obama is ordering the withdrawal of 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and will pull out another 23,000 troops by the end of 2012.

The total of 33,000 troops is the same number of troops that went into the country back in 2009 as part of a "surge" of troops into the country.

President Obama said in Wednesday's speech to the nation that the U.S. has made progress on many goals: disrupting and dismantling al Qaeda and inflicting "serious losses" on the Taliban.

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