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First US troops leave Afghan as drawdown begins

US officers have said that a total of about 800 soldiers in two Army units will depart this month.

Updated: Jul 15, 2011, 15:58 PM IST

Kabul: The first group of about 10,000 US
soldiers due to leave Afghanistan this year have already left,
military officials said today, kicking off a gradual drawdown
due to be completed in 2014.

US President Barack Obama in June announced that
33,000 American troops would leave Afghanistan by the end of
next summer, leaving behind 65,000 and effectively ending a
military ordered into the country late 2009.

Around 650 US army troops deployed northwest of the
capital in the province of Parwan, flew out on Wednesday and
will not be replaced by an incoming unit, the US military
confirmed today.

"It`s correct that these soldiers are the first to
redeploy from Afghanistan without being replaced by a new
rotation of soldiers since the president`s announcement," said
US army press officer Major Michael Wunn.

US officers have said that a total of about 800
soldiers in two Army units will depart this month.

PTI

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