President Barack Obama will prove to Americans on Wednesday, June 22 evening, he decided on the scope of the early withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. In announcing the end of 2009 to send 30,000 more troops to fight against the Taliban, bringing the total in the country to nearly 100,000 men, Obama promised that as soon as July 2011, “our soldiers will begin to return to the home “. But since then, the White House has remained vague about the extent and speed of withdrawal and has insisted that this would be based on “the situation on the ground.”
U.S. official said the operation involved “probably” 10,000 men, in two waves, before the end of the year. A first wave of 5000 soldiers begin to leave the country as early as July, before a second by the end of 2011. The remaining 30 000 men would be repatriated by the end of 2012.
THE WHITE HOUSE LOOKING FOR A COMPROMISE
One year before the presidential election, many voices in Congress calling for an end to a decade-old conflict and the annual cost to the U.S. government more than $ 110 billion (76.6 billion euros). The head of the White House tried to find a compromise between a rapid withdrawal advocated by his advisers and a more gradual departure recommended by the military. Obama should try to get the message that the war unleashed in the wake of September 11, 2001, will not be endless. The NATO summit in Lisbon in late 2010 endorsed the principle of transferring responsibility for security to Afghan forces in 2014.
The day after his speech, Obama will travel to the base at Fort Drum in upstate New York on Thursday. He will meet soldiers from Afghanistan, according to the White House. The United States currently have 99,000 troops in Afghanistan along with 47,000 NATO troops, according to the Pentagon.
On Tuesday, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans say they support a withdrawal from Afghanistan “as soon as possible” while 39% would like the soldiers remain “until the situation stabilizes. ” These were 53% last year. For the first time a majority of Americans are in favor of a rapid departure of the troops. They were 40% last year.