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Obama pulling 10,000 troops from Afghanistan

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- In 2009, the President ordered a surge sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, but now says it's time to bring up to  10,000 of them back home.

One soldier says he agrees with the plan, and an East Texas mother who says we can't leave without completing the mission.

"I think it's a good idea I think everyone should come back in my opinion it's a pointless war," said Chris Dickson, toured in Afghanistan in 2009.

Dickson says he was sent to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of the surge, just months after he had returned from Iraq. Something Dickson says he was proud to do even though his family did not understand.

"It's where the fight was pretty much and if you're in the service you would understand," said Dickson.

Last year, Dickson was finally able to leave Afghanistan and come home to his family.
Even though Dickson supports the president's plan to bring fellow service men and women back home, others are saying it's too soon.

"I feel like if we pull out in another 10 or 15 years we're going to have the same problem the Taliban will control the afghan people they will allow groups like al-queada to come in an train in their country just as they did before and they will attack America," said Lori Amaya, mother of two soldiers in the US Army.

Lori Amaya says both of her sons are soldiers in the army. Her oldest son captain Weston Amaya is currently on his second tour in Afghanistan.

"He feels like what he's doing over there has value he feels like he's helping train the afghan army so they can protect the local villagers from the Taliban," Amaya.

The President is expected to withdraw about 10,000 surge troops by the end of this year.

"I believe we should go in there to win, I believe we should finish our mission I think its dishonorable to pull out without completing our mission," said Amaya

The rest of the 20 thousand surge troops are expected to be withdrawn in 2012, leaving about 70,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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