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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers an announcement on the number of U.S. troops that will remain in Afghanistan after the formal troop draw-down at the end of this year, in the White House Rose Garden in Washington on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Obama plans to end U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

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By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

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