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Afghan View of US troop withdrawal

What Afghans think of the plan to start withdrawing the "surge" troops?

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President Barack Obama will use a prime-time TV address to unveil plans for an initial withdrawal of thousands of American troops from Afghanistan. Speaking on Wednesday evening, he is expected to say that 30,000 "surge" troops will begin leaving in July — with most gone by 2013, according to media reports. The US currently has about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. Lisa Mullins talks with Kabul resident Abaceen Nasimi about Afghan opinions on a troop drawdown.

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    Credit: Photo by Sgt. Brandon Aird
    070822-A-6849A-667 -- Scouts from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), pull overwatch during Operation Destined Strike while 2nd Platoon, Able Company searches a village below the Chowkay Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan Aug. 22.
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    Credit: Photo by Sgt. Brandon Aird
    070822-A-6849A-667 -- Scouts from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), pull overwatch during Operation Destined Strike while 2nd Platoon, Able Company searches a village below the Chowkay Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan Aug. 22.

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