US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 'by end of 2016'

President Obama has announced plans to greatly reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan, to conclude combat missions in the country this year and to end the US military commitment by the end of 2016.

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Obama announces Afghanistan withdrawal

Barack Obama has announced that American combat missions in Afghanistan will end this year.

President Obama announced US combat mission in Afghanistan will end this year. Credit: APTN

The US president said in 2015, 9,800 US troops will remain in the country and that presence will be halved by the end of the year.

President Obama said the following year all troops will withdraw from the country.

In a press conference at the White House, the US president said: "This weekend I travelled to Afghanistan to thank the men and women and civilians as a grateful nation for the sacrifices made for our security."

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