Obama to announce Afghan troop drawdown Wednesday

June 20, 2011 - 5:45 PM
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FILE - In this June 15, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Pensacola, Fla. Nearing a critical benchmark in the Afghanistan war, President Barack Obama is considering both how many U.S. troops to bring home next month and a broader withdrawal plan to give Afghans control of their security in 2014. But there are deep divisions over how to achieve that, with military leaders favoring a gradual troop reduction and other advisers pushing for a significant decrease in coming months. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce plans on Wednesday to start drawing down U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Obama is expected to both outline a plan for starting to bring troops home in July, as well as a broader withdrawal blueprint aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security in 2014.

Following the announcement, Obama will travel to Fort Drum on Thursday to meet with troops. The upstate New York base is home to the 10th Mountain Division, one of the most frequently deployed divisions to Afghanistan and Iraq.