Barack Obama and Pentagon split on Afghanistan pullout

US president set to reject military advice by withdrawing more troops from Afghanistan

Barack Obama is set to reject the advice of the Pentagon by announcing on Wednesday night the withdrawal of up to 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by November next year, in time for the US presidential election. Full Story »

Posted by Jon Mitchell - via Memeorandum, NewsRack (Afghanistan), The Guardian (US)

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Richard Riehl
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by Richard Riehl - Jun. 24, 2011

The story is clearly slanted toward the military position, although there's an attempt to keep some balance. Its unsupported assumption is that combat troops will be rapidly withdrawn. It also implies the US will withdraw before completing two more seasons of war. Obama's plan allows full combat forces to be used this summer and next, focusing on fighting terrorism rather than fighting an insurgency.

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