September 18, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed that he plans to end his country's combat mission in Afghanistan in three months, keeping with the transition timeline that Afghan forces have been following for well over a year.
Obama made his speech to troops after meeting with General Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, America's command hub for South and Central Asia and the Middle East.
Despite concerns about the security situation in Afghanistan after this fighting season saw a wave of Taliban offensives put Afghan security forces to the test, Obama appeared confident about the timing of the drawdown. "Afghan forces have taken lead for the country's security, and in three months, because of you, our combat mission will be over in Afghanistan and our war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end," he said.