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President Obama: 34,000 Soldiers To Return From Afghanistan Over The Next Year

war in AfghanistanSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — During the State of the Union Tuesday, President Obama announced 34,000 soldiers will be coming home from Afghanistan.

“This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” said Obama.

The announcement is welcome news for Tanya Brinegar.  Her sister Jaimie was just deployed to Afghanistan from her base in Arizona.

“I am always on the edge of my seat now that there is so much going on in Afghanistan. It worries me the most,” said Brinegar.

So far her sister’s Air Force career has taken to her Korea, Iraq and now Afghanistan.

“Just worrying that they are gonna die or what’s gonna happen,” said Brinegar.

U.S. soldier have been in Afghanistan since 2001 for Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Defense Department about 2,045 members of the U.S. military have died and another 18,230 have been wounded.

33,000 soldier have already come home from Afghanistan.

“Because of them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda,” said Obama.

The president says U.S. troops will continue pursuing the remnants of al-Qaida in Afghanistan for a number of years. He noted that various al-Qaida affiliates have emerged elsewhere in the world in recent years, including in Yemen and Somalia.


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