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Bringing the War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End

Bringing the War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End

 

VAV!/The White House, Office of the Press Secretary/Washington, DC

In an historic speech this afternoon, in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama briefly shared the United States' next steps in Afghanistan, and how "we will bring America's longest war to a responsible end."

The President announced that 22,000 more troops will return home by the end of the year, ending the U.S. combat mission in December 2014.

Today, I want to be clear about how the United States is prepared to advance those missions. At the beginning of 2015, we will have approximately 98,000 U.S. -- let me start that over, just because I want to make sure we don't get this written wrong. At the beginning of 2015, we will have approximately 9,800 U.S. servicemembers in different parts of the country, together with our NATO allies and other partners. By the end of 2015, we will have reduced that presence by roughly half, and we will have consolidated our troops in Kabul and on Bagram Airfield. One year later, by the end of 2016, our military will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul, with a security assistance component, just as we've done in Iraq.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 01:20 )

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May 27 On This Day In History

May 27 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Golden Gate Bridge, Photograph 43: General View, Looking North, Showing the 'Bay' Side of the Structure, San Francisco, California,Jet Lowe, photographer,...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:16 )

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May 26 On This Day In History

May 26 On This Day In History

   

Pictured above: Left: Map of the territory of Montana with portions of the adjoining territories [Detail of Legend], Drawn by W. W. de Lacy for the use of th...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 May 2014 22:06 )

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May 25 On This Day In History

May 25 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Portrait of Bill (Bojangles) Robinson/Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964, photographer/Created/Published 1933 Jan. 25. Library of Congress, Prints & Ph...

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 May 2015 05:51 )

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Rolling Thunder

 Rolling Thunder

VAV/May 25, 2014

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May.  This celebration recognizes the rights and costs of freedom, lib...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 May 2014 21:49 )

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August 28, 1945 - American Troops Land In Japan

Pictured above:  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives, 80-G-472620 VAV!/August 27, 2015 On August 28, 1945, American troops began landing in Japan for a formal surrender following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War I1 ... The first American landings in Japan were made at 0900 on August 28, 1945 by an airborne advance party of 150 communications experts and engineers. Their destination...a navy airfield at Atsugi, twenty miles southwest of Tokyo. Their mission..setting up the communications and operational facilities for the arrival of four-engined planes carrying the 11th Airborne Division who would establish the American airhead in the Atsugi area.

 

August 28, 1945 - American Troops Land In Japan

Pictured above:  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives, 80-G-472620 VAV!/August 27, 2015 On August 28, 1945, American troops began landing in Japan for a formal surrender following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War I1 ... The first American landings in Japan were made at 0900 on August 28, 1945 by an airborne advance party of 150 communications experts and engineers. Their destination...a navy airfield at Atsugi, twenty miles southwest of Tokyo. Their mission..setting up the communications and operational facilities for the arrival of four-engined planes carrying the 11th Airborne Division who would establish the American airhead in the Atsugi area.

 

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku - Father Of Modern Surfing

   Pictured above: Duke P. Kahanamoku/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/August 24, 2015 "Aloha is my creed." -  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), The Father of Modern Surfing. The legendary Duke Kahanamoku, the Father of Modern Surfing, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 24, 1890, and grew up in Waikiki. An expert swimmer, Duke was one of the original native Hawaiian, bohemian Waikiki Beach Boys who rode the mountainous waves and pioneered surfing...

 

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku - Father Of Modern Surfing

   Pictured above: Duke P. Kahanamoku/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/August 24, 2015 "Aloha is my creed." -  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), The Father of Modern Surfing. The legendary Duke Kahanamoku, the Father of Modern Surfing, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 24, 1890, and grew up in Waikiki. An expert swimmer, Duke was one of the original native Hawaiian, bohemian Waikiki Beach Boys who rode the mountainous waves and pioneered surfing...

 

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku - Father Of Modern Surfing

   Pictured above: Duke P. Kahanamoku/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/August 24, 2015 "Aloha is my creed." -  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), The Father of Modern Surfing. The legendary Duke Kahanamoku, the Father of Modern Surfing, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 24, 1890, and grew up in Waikiki. An expert swimmer, Duke was one of the original native Hawaiian, bohemian Waikiki Beach Boys who rode the mountainous waves and pioneered surfing...

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