WASHINGTON May 17 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
"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