FILE - This May 25, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking during a troop rally after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
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US forces will complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, 15 years after the September 11 attacks, President Barack Obama was to say Tuesday.The United States invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime in Kabul and to hunt its ally Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, author of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.Obama visited US forces in Afghanistan on Sunday and spoke briefly by telephone with outgoing Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, who is due to step down this year after a June election.Although American forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for 12 years -- and are due to end their combat role within seven months -- Obama's visit was conducted in extreme secrecy.
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