Obama During Afghanistan Speech: Out By 2014, But “Difficult Days Ahead”

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a televised address last year, during which he announced he will order 10,000 troops to pull out of Afghanistan in 2011, and another 33,000 troops by the end of the summer of 2012. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a televised address last year, during which he announced he will order 10,000 troops to pull out of Afghanistan in 2011, and another 33,000 troops by the end of the summer of 2012. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) - President Barack Obama spoke from Afghanistan on Tuesday, stating that the U.S. Armed Forces occupying the nation are on a “clear path to fulfill[ing their] mission … while [administering] justice to Al Qaeda.”

He added that all troops are expected to leave the country by the end of 2014.

“Here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon,” he said.

The address was given on the anniversary of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death, as the President stood in Bagram Airfield near the capital city of Kabul.

“Our goal is to destroy Al-Qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that,” he said, adding that the role of American troops in the area is waning.

The president was in the country as part of an unannounced visit to the area.

His speech followed a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzaik, during which he signed an agreement that outlined post-war expectations.

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