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Local congressmen disappointed in Obama’s plan for troops

Posted: Updated: May 28, 2014 07:38 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama promised to bring the troops home from Afghanistan and Tuesday we learned the timetable in which he plans to do so.

He says he wants to leave 9,800 of them there after 2014, but reduce that number by roughly half next year. By 2016, the president explained that the U.S. would be down to a normal embassy presence.

Republican Chris Gibson and Democrat Paul Tonko called that schedule disappointing, pointing out that more than 2,000 soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, billions spent over the 13 years and they say enough is enough.

Gibson served in the army for 24 years and was deployed seven times. With that experience, he's critical of the president's stated mission of having troops there to train and support counterterrorism operations.

Carrie Farley’s son died during one of America’s longest running wars. Staff Sgt. Derek Farley made the ultimate sacrifice for his country as he was attempting to disarm an IED back in 2010. 

“He believed a hundred percent in his country the job that he did his brothers,” said Farley.

Farley, along with many other military families, say they want their sons and daughters back home.

There are 32,000 U.S. Troops spread throughout Afghanistan. By the end of 2014, the president says they will decrease to 9,800 and by the end of 2016, a complete pull out. 

Farley says she'd like to see an even quicker resolution.

“I think if you ask any mom, we just want our children home,” she said.
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