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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: US mission in Afghanistan will end this year

US President Barack Obama Credit: PA

Barack Obama is due to announce that America's mission in Afghanistan will be over at the end of the year.

In an address later today the US President will say that beyond 2014, American forces will train Afghan Forces and support operations against al Qaeda.

But America will only keep troops in the country after 2014 if the Afghan government signs the Bilateral Security Agreement.

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