Last night President Barak Obama annouced the withdrawal of more than 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, bringing an end to the conflict launched in response to the 2011 terror attacks on the United States.
Five thousand troops will be pulled out immediately, with another 5,000 leaving at the end of 2011.
“My fellow Americans, this has been a difficult decade for our country,” he said, according to prepared remarks. “Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding.”
“Fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in harm’s way,” Obama added. “We have ended our combat mission in Iraq, with 100,000 American troops already out of that country. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end.”