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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: 'Afghanistan will not be a perfect place'

Barack Obama has stressed it is up to Afghanistan to decide its future after announcing US troops will withdraw from the country in 2016.

President Obama Credit: Drew Angerer/DPA/Press Association Images

The US president said: "Afghanistan will not be a perfect place and it's not US responsibility to make it one."

President Obama added: "We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected.

"Thanks to skills of our troops and diplomats, we have eliminated Osama Bin Laden and prevented Afghanistan from launching attacks on our homeland."

"We remain committed to a sovereign and stable Afghanistan and will continue to promote that through reconciliation.

"The future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans."

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