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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Is Welcoming President Obama's Decision To Pull All American Troops From Afghanistan By The End Of 2016. Mr, Karzai Issued A Statement Wednesday Saying Ending The US Military Presence In His Country Has Been A Longtime Goal Of The Afghan Government And People. He Also Said He Was Grateful For International Community's Contributions And Support. Appearing Wednesday On US Television Secretary Of State John Kerry Struck Out At Critics Of Mr.Obama's Decision, Saying The Timeline Is Not An Abandonment Of Afghanistan But An Empowerment Of  The Country .. (Act / Kerry) For Some Analysis Of All Of This VOA's Victor Beattie Spoke With RAND Corporation South Asia Analyst Auturo Munoz Who Believes Mr. Obama Announcement Is No Surprise, As He Has Argued For An End Of The US Presence In Aghanistan Throughout His Presidency. But, Munoz Says The President Has Been Receiving Conflicting Advice, With Some Arguing For Another 10-Year US Presence In Afghanistan Recalling How Washington Walked Away In The 1980's After Arming The Mujahedin, Who Successfully Forced Occupying Soviet Forces Out.