President Obama, preparing to draw the war in Afghanistan to a close, told troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday night that soon the U.S. will “see the light of a new day on the horizon.”
The president spoke for roughly 10 minutes at 7:30 p.m. ET.
With polls showing most Americans desperate for the war to end, Obama will say that 10,000 U.S. troops returned home from Afghanistan last year and another 23,000 will leave by the end of the summer.
After that, “reductions will continue at a steady pace,” Obama said. “And as our coalition agreed, by the end of 2014, the Afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country.