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Obama: US to withdraw major part of troops from Afghanistan by end of 2014

January 29, 2014, 10:12 UTC+3
“With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role,” the US leader said
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US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress

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WASHINGTON, January 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The United States will withdraw the major part of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and intend to leave there a limited number of servicemen to provide help to Afghani army and security forces. President Barak Obama confirmed this in his State of the Union address in the US Congress on Tuesday.

“With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role,” the US leader said. “Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America’s longest war will finally be over.”

“After 2014, we will support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future,” Obama went on saying. “If the Afghan government signs a security agreement that we have negotiated, a small force of Americans could remain in Afghanistan with NATO allies to carry out two narrow missions: training and assisting Afghan forces, and counterterrorism operations to pursue any remnants of al Qaeda.”

Obama also noted that the relations between the US and Afghanistan would be gradually changing. “For while our relationship with Afghanistan will change, one thing will not: our resolve that terrorists do not launch attacks against our country,” the president stressed.

The US president also made statements regarding the military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Obama also expressed his view on the situation in Ukraine.

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