President Obama and New Era in Afghanistan

By Scott Sarvay

President Obama and New Era in Afghanistan

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM EDT

Afghanistan (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday evening on the first anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

His speech laid out what he sees as America's changing role in Afghanistan, with American forces working more and more with Afghan troops and from bases run by the Afghans. The President says tough times are still ahead, but he sees an Afghanistan that will stand more and more on its own feet.

Earlier in the day President Obama visited Afghanistan and met with President Hamid Karzai. The two discussed the current and future relations between the two countries, as well as the withdraw of allied troops in 2014.

More than 130,000 troops from 50 countries serve in Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force. The United States is the biggest contributor, providing around 90,000 troops, followed by the United Kingdom (9,500), Germany (4,800) and France (3,600).

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