Obama seeks to cut Afghan war spending by 10 pct

WASHINGTON Fri May 17, 2013 10:01pm EDT

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WASHINGTON May 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday trimmed his funding request for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations by 10 percent, reflecting his plans to wind down the U.S. presence in that country.

The president asked for $79.4 billion to fund so-called overseas contingency operations in fiscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1, down from his original $88.5 billion request, a White House aide said. Obama made the request in a letter to Congress.

The U.S. chief executive has said he plans to draw down troops in Afghanistan after 2014 but has not specified by how much.

"The president is still reviewing options from his national security team and has not made a decision about the size of a possible U.S. presence after 2014," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

"The lower request reflects our transitioning role in Afghanistan," she said.

The president is due to announce in the next few weeks how many combat troops the United States will leave in Afghanistan next year, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

The president has set 2014 as the target for withdrawing most of the troops but the decision is a delicate one as sufficient forces must stay behind to train and support Afghan forces and carry out some operations.

U.S. troops first went to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States to root out al Qaeda and its Taliban protectors.

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ospreycbk wrote:
The only money we need to be spending on Afghanistan, is the money needed to get our personnel HOME.

May 18, 2013 1:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
turtleride wrote:
Instead of cutting back on the logical things and our military and medical how about cutting back on the freebees for freeloaders, the touring and vacations? And do more for job creation, planning for citizens to build and decide on their own lives and leave our kids to us to build character for. Government has gotten to heeavy handed, taken some of our rights away and become overbearing. But at least that fact is in the open now and people are becoming more aware of it.

May 18, 2013 1:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ArthurWrigt wrote:
Why bother as the CIA and Obama will only turn around and give even more to Karzai anyway so what difference does this make? Except Obama is doing it all for show and trying to make himself look good despite all the scandals

May 18, 2013 2:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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