23 Jun '11, 3am

Obama orders all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan, declares 'beginning of the end of the war'

Obama orders all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan, declares 'beginning of the end of the war'

US President Barack Obama speaks about the war in Afghanistan during a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON - PRESIDENT Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to 'nation building' at home. In a pivotal moment for US national security strategy, Mr Obama also signalled in a 13-minute prime-time speech that the United States would no longer try to build a 'perfect' Afghanistan from a nation ravaged by generations of violence. 'Tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding,' Mr Obama said in the East Room of the White House in an address blanketing US television networks at a time of rising discontent on the war. 'Even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the ...

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