President Obama said that all the US soldiers in Afghanistan would be called back by 2014.
US President Barrack Obama has ordered the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan this year while 23,000 troops would be called back the next year and in 2014 the process of transition would be completed and the Afghan people would be responsible for their own security.
Earlier in 2009, President Obama announced that in July 2011, a total of 33,000 troops would be called back from Afghanistan, but after top military officials requested for a one year extension, President Obama reviewed his decision and decided to call back 10,000 troops by the end of 2011.
President Obama said that the elimination of Al-Qaeda is necessary for peace. Obama said that the assassination of Osama Bin Laden was the biggest achievement after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He said that the progress in talks with the Taliban would continue in order to achieve stability and democracy in the region.
There are approximately 100,000 US troops present in Afghanistan and Obama had already announced that the withdrawal of troops would begin in July, 2011. Obama said that the US spends billions of dollars each year on the war which has adversely affected the US economy.
The number of soldiers in Afghanistan, the amount of money to cover their expenditure and the casualties of the soldiers had often been criticized by the media and the congress.