February 13th, 2013
08:50 AM ET

Afghan president: We've wanted troop withdrawal 'for so long now'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed President Obama's announcement of a major troop withdrawal, saying "this is something Afghanistan has wanted for so long now."

The pullout, announced at the State of the Union on Tuesday, will help ensure "peace and full security," according to a statement released by Karzai's office Wednesday.

The United States will draw down 34,000 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan in a year's time, Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The current number stands at 66,000.

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  1. saywhat

    Afghans yes but Karzai would rather we be there to protect his cartel.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. justeye

    Obama has claimed to withdraw troops 66,000 times? No, but serously, he has said that every year since 2007 election.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ justeye, and he HAS withdrawn troops every year, just not all of them on the advice of his advisors!

    February 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    IF Karzai thinks that then why not withdraw ALL soldiers out of a country that LOVES our money!

    February 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    "Afghan president: We’ve wanted troop withdrawal ‘for so long now’"
    Yeah, so have I.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |