President Obama is expected to announce in a major speech tomorrow his decision on how many U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan next month. The Washington Post reports that the President’s decision will set the drawdown schedule for the 33,000 “surge” troops he sent to Afghanistan last year. According to the Post, commanders say the surge succeeded in clearing the Taliban from southern parts of Afghanistan. Although the President has not made a final decision yet, he will likely remove all of those troops by the end of 2012. The announcement comes as discussions have reportedly stalled between U.S. officials and the Taliban. Following the speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan. It all comes as a new poll conducted for “The Hill” shows that 72% of voters believe the United States is involved in too many foreign conflicts and should bring our troops home. Only 16% of those polled agree with current troop levels.
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