Obama: 'Our war in Afghanistan will be over' by end of next year

"Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over," Obama told a joint session of Congress during Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

Once those troops return stateside, the United States will have 32,000 boots-on-the ground in Afghanistan, with those forces expected to withdraw completely from the country by 2014.

"After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home," Obama added.

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