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Official: Obama to announce troops will start leaving Afghanistan in 2011

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_13900583?source=rss Official: Obama to announce troops will start leaving Afghanistan in 2011 by ANNE GEARAN and JENNIFER
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      Official: Obama to announce troops will start leaving Afghanistan in 2011
      by ANNE GEARAN and JENNIFER LOVEN / Associated Press Writers
      Posted: 12/01/2009 12:11:53 PM MST

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sending 30,000 extra U.S. troops to Afghanistan on an accelerated timetable that will have the first Marines there as early as Christmas and all forces in place by summer. But he'll also declare Tuesday night that troops will start leaving in 19 months.

      In a prime-time speech to the nation from West Point, N.Y., that ends a 92-day review, Obama will seek to sell his much bigger, costlier plan for the 8-year-old stalemated war to a skeptical public in part by twinning it with some specifics about an exit strategy, said two senior administration officials.

      He will tell the American people that U.S. troops will start leaving Afghanistan in July 2011, one official said.
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