US con­firms plan to pull out troops

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THE United States is to pull 34,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the next year, The White House has con­firmed.

The move would ef­fec­tively cut in half the US troop lev­els in the coun­try from about 66,000. The US will end com­bat op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 af­ter agree­ing with Afghan pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai to speed up the han­dover of com­bat op­er­a­tions to Afghan forces.

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