Fifteen years after the events of 9/11, when United States military forces were deployed to Afghanistan shortly after — the US War in Afghanistan will be over.
President Barack Obama announced a plan for the remainder of 2014 and beyond of the United States military presence in Afghanistan. Stating that the official conflict itself would be over at the end of the current year. The current number of troops listed by the White House, as of today, is 50,000. By the end of the year, that number will be reduced to less than 10,000. The remaining forces will be reduced gradually through 2015, to a complete withdrawal by the end of that year.
While the sitting President of Afghanistan, outgoing President Hamid Karzai has stated he would not sign the upcoming Status of Forces Agreement, the two individuals currently seeking election to become the nation’s newest Chief Executive have said they are both willing to cooperate with the United States on this timetable, according to Deutsche Welle.
A war that’s far exceeded the time-table of virtually any strategist, that will have included four presidential terms [both Bush and Obama’s terms] and has resulted in a shattering blow to the Taliban and its insurgency, and its oppressive government, and even the death of Osama Bin Laden — for all the good and bad that’s come, is finally coming to a close.
While this is the beginning of the end of the War — the beginning of the War on October 7, 2001 was launched with orders, and an address from President George W. Bush: