Obama plans to speed up Afghan troop withdrawals
- 10,000 U.S. troops that will be withdrawn from Afghanistan this year
- 20,000 more troops that will be withdrawn by the end of next summer source
» Quickening the pace: The above numbers represent a much quicker withdrawal than some of President Obama’s military advisers would like, General David Petraeus among them. This decision is being seen as a victory over Petraeus’ vision by Vice President Biden, who’s been a proponent of a more rapid end to American involvement in Afghanistan. The withdrawal would equal the total of Obama’s Afghanistan surge, to which he committed 30,000 troops back in 2009.