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Obama’s Afghanistan Drawdown Frames the Debate for 2012

Mission accomplished for the US president, but what will this mean for the US election in 2012?

  In a televised address on 22 June, President Obama announced the pace and scale of his plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The first 10,000 American troops sent to Afghanistan as part of the surge will be home by the end of this year and the remaining 23,000 will be home by the end of summer 2012. The decision was taken, apparently at the last minute, in Obama’s typical style: after careful consideration of recommendations from his military commanders in

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Lisa Aronsson

Visiting Fellow, Atlantic Council / Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

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