by Ewen MacAskill, Patrick Wintour, Nick Hopkins
| Jun. 22, 2011
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.
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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 Its unsupported assumption is that combat troops will be rapidly withdrawn.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.