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July 9th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Obama strongly considers withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan in 2014

By Jessica Yellin, CNN Chief White House Correspondent

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is seriously considering withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014, a senior administration official told CNN.

The official's comments came after The New York Times reportedthe administration was looking at speeding up the troop withdrawal to the "zero option," leaving no U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Until now, U.S. and Afghan officials had been discussing plans to keep a small force behind to fight insurgents and to train Afghan security personnel.

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