“We have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war,” Obama said in the brief address from Bagram airbase. “Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda.”
Obama touted the death of Bin Laden and the capture or killing of more than 20 top al-Qaida targets as milestones signaling the beginning of the end of U.S. combat in Afghanistan, and said tens of thousands of troops will return to the U.S. through the summer. The U.S. combat mission is scheduled to end in 2014.
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