Obama to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, start pullout in July 2011

16:04, December 02, 2009      

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a nationally televised address at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, Dec. 1, 2009. Obama said on Tuesday he is sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan by next summer to speed the battle against the Taliban and plans to start bringing some home in 18 months. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

U.S. President Barack says he will deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and start pullout of U.S. troops from that country in July 2011, according to excerpts released by the White House ahead of his address to the nation on Tuesday night.

The first batch of additional troops will arrive by Christmas and the overall buildup will be completed by next summer, a senior administration official told reporters at a conference call ahead of Obama's address, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The official also said Obama would underscore his commitment to stabilizing Afghanistan and scouring corruption out of the Afghan government.

Source: Xinhua
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