By Sam Youngman - 06/20/11 10:18 PM EDT
President Obama on Wednesday will announce the number of troops he is withdrawing from Afghanistan beginning in July, according to a White House official.
Obama will make the announcement in a speech before traveling to New York on Thursday to visit troops at Fort Drum before attending fundraisers in New York City.
Obama will not only announce how many troops he is planning to start bringing home, but he will also lay out a schedule for bringing the rest of the troops home as the U.S. and allied forces transition security responsibilities to the Afghanistan government by 2014.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier Monday that Obama had not yet come to a decision on how many troops he would draw down.
"I know for a fact, having been in a room where this was discussed, that the president has not yet even made a decision to announce," Carney said.
This story was updated at 6:57 p.m.