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33 thousand U.S. military have left Afghanistan

2012-09-21 13:07

The U.S. authorities have completed the withdrawal of 33 thousand troops from Afghanistan, sent to the country by President Barack Obama three years ago as reinforcement, the Interfax reported. This was announced by the representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense.


U.S. government and its allies are gradually withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as part of operations to transfer responsibility for security ensuring to the local police and soldiers.

The leaders of NATO member countries expressed their readiness to transfer responsibility for the safety to Afghan authorities by mid-2013, and to withdraw the troops by the late 2014.

Thus, as reported by the RIA Novosti, at the present moment 68,000 U.S. military remain in Afghanistan.

After the withdrawal of the troops the other units of NATO forces will support and train Afghan troops, whose number is expected to reach 350 thousand.

Recall, on December 1, 2009, the U.S. president Barack Obama announced the dispatch of additional 30 thousand troops to Afghanistan. Thus, the number of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, that time reached almost 100,000 military. The withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan began in 2011.


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