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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you agree with the President's plan to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016?
President Obama announced last week plans to withdraw all but 9,800 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.
There are 32-thousand American troops in Afghanistan now.
At the height of American involvement, in 2011, the U.S. had 101-thousand troops in the country.
President Obama plans to fully withdraw troops by the end of 2016.
Republican critics in Congress say that even though the President accepted the recommendation of his generals to leave behind a substantial residual force, the rigid deadline for a troop withdrawal could expose Afghanistan to the same violence that erupted in Iraq after the pullout of the last American soldiers in 2011.
Military commanders had recommended leaving at least 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for several years after the formal end of the combat mission this year.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of likely U.S. voters believe some U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan through 2016, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Nearly as many (44%), think the U.S. should withdraw all troops by the end of this year.
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