More Troops Coming Home in the Near Future

At the State of the Union address President Obama is expected to announce that this time next year 34,000 more US soldiers will be home - halving the number of US troops in Afghanistan.

Although it's unclear how many US soldiers will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014, currently the US and Afghanistan are negotiating over the size of the residual force that will remain in Afghanistan. According to a senior US official the Afghani forces are leading almost 90% of the operations across the county and by this spring they will be taking the lead, with US forces taking an advisory and training role.

Because of the rough terrain through Afghanistan and its neighbor Pakistan, unpredictable weather, and ever-present security concerns, the primary way out of the country is the US Air Force.