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Is the US leaving Afghanistan or abandoning it?

President Barack Obama has ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to "nation building" at home. Is the US leaving Afghanistan or abandoning it?

india Updated: Jun 23, 2011 09:09 IST
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President Barack Obama has ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to "nation building" at home. In a pivotal moment for US national security strategy, Obama also signaled in a 13-minute primetime speech that the United States would no longer try to build a "perfect" Afghanistan from a nation ravaged by generations of violence.

First Published: Jun 23, 2011 09:05 IST