David Jackson and Jim Michaels
February 12, 2013
President Obama plans to announce Tuesday that 34,000 more U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan at this time next year, said people familiar with his State of the Union speech.
That would reduce the American military presence in Afghanistan by about half, and maintain the schedule to end the U.S. combat mission within two years.
Obama will also say that reductions will continue through the end of 2014 as Afghans take responsibility for their own security.