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An Afghan man watches U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of Union address Tuesday as Obama announced plans to withdraw more troops from Afghanistan and take steps to boost the fragile U.S. economy.

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Afghan officials welcome drawdown

President Barack Obama’s decision to bring half of America’s 66,000 troops home within a year was welcomed Wednesday by Afghan officials who have long agitated to control their country, but was greeted with dismay by Afghans who think America failed to keep its promise of a better and safer life.

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