US troops to remain in Afghanistan until 2024!

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President Obama is returning from an unannounced trip to Afghanistan yesterday – where he marked the first year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death.  While in Afghanistan – the President signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai – affirming plans to hand over full control of security to the Afghan government by 2014 – but allowing for thousands of US troops to remain in the country until as late as 2024. 

In a speech Tuesday night to the American and Afghan people – the President promised to pull 23,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of this summer.  The surprise visit by the President didn’t please Taliban insurgents who detonated a bomb killing 7 Afghans in Kabul less than two hours after the President left.