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Jun232011

Day After Afghan Troop Announcement, Obama Heads to Fort Drum

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The day after delivering his strategy to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, President Obama will visit troops at Fort Drum in upstate New York, which has sent thousands of soldiers to fight in Afghanistan.

The president will spend time with members of the elite 10th Mountain Division, one of the most frequently deployed divisions to Afghanistan. Obama will also meet privately with Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in combat. More than 1,500 U.S. service members have died in the war in Afghanistan.

There are currently 100,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan. Wednesday night, the president announced that starting next month, he is bringing 10,000 U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by the end of this year and another 23,000 by the end of next summer, several months earlier than originally anticipated.

Thursday evening Obama will pivot to campaign mode in New York City, where he will deliver remarks at three DNC fundraisers, including one to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender supporters.

The president will overnight in Pittsburgh, where on Friday he will deliver a speech on manufacturing and job creation from Carnegie Mellon University.

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