U.S. President Barack Obama annouced Tuesday that he will send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan by mid-2010 and withdraw American forces July 2011.
"They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight," Obama said at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. "And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans," reported the Wall Street Journal.
People have not expected to receive a firm date for the troop drawdown. Obama and his aids view Iraq war has sapped America's resources for many years.
Furthermore, Obama viewed Al Qaeda terrorism as a cancer in his speech, reported the New York Times. "We are in Afghanistan to prevent a cancer from once again spreading through the country," Obama said.
Obama has always voted against the war: He voted against former President George W. Bush for ordering 2007 troop surge and criticized Afghanistan war during 2008 presidential campaign election.
"I believed it was very important for us to define the mission in a way that speaks to the very real security interests that we have in keeping the pressure on al-Qaeda, but to do so in a way that avoids a nation-building commitment in Afghanistan," Obama said in an interview on Tuesday.