McCain, Graham, Ayotte Call Withdrawal Plan “Political”
By Harold Hutchison
|Troops with Kandahar PRT on patrol.
Barack Obama’s planned withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 faced almost immediate opposition from Republicans in Congress. Obama announced the withdrawal in a speech earlier today.
According to media reports, Obama stated that it was time to bring Operation Enduring Freedom, which began on 7 October, 2001, to a “responsible end.” About 9,800 American troops would remain in Afghanistan, but would be pulled out by the end of 2016, according to the Obama Administration.