Reid: Troop-exit timetable stands

The killing of Osama bin Laden has not changed the timeline for American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.

In a press conference alongside Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Reid (D-Nev.) suggested that, despite the killing of Osama bin Laden by a U.S. strike force on Sunday, the U.S. timeline for withdrawing forces from Afghanistan had not changed.

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"The president has a timetable to begin withdrawal of — out of Afghanistan. He has indicated that he's going to stick with that. I think that's appropriate," Reid said.

President Obama has said U.S. plans to begin partial withdrawal from Afghanistan in July. Anti-war advocates and critics have been skeptical that Obama would be able to meet that deadline. Some conservatives have also voiced skepticism about the deadline, saying Obama could withdraw too many troops too quickly from Afghanistan.
 
Levin still called bin Laden's killing "the most significant victory" in the fight against al Qaeda. 



"Today Americans across the country are welcoming the news that this awful man, this man who epitomized evil, has been brought to justice by American forces," Levin said. "His death is the most significant victory in our fight against al Qaeda and sends a strong message to terrorists around the world."



Levin's statement echoes those of a number of legislators across the political spectrum who have hailed the news of bin Laden's death as a significant victory in the war on terror but have also said that the threat of terrorist attacks still exist.