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June 6th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Soldier captured by the Taliban in 2009 believed to still be alive: CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Star reports

CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbar Star is on 'Starting Point' on the Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in 2009. His family received a letter they believe he wrote from the red cross.

Bowe was captured by Taliban forces in 2009.

READ MORE: Captured U.S. soldier's letter revives family's hopes

Filed under: Military • Taliban • Troops
May 20th, 2013
01:23 PM ET

An Army Wife's "Big" Surprise for her husband returning from Afghanistan: CNN's Zoraida Sambolin reports

Army specialist returns home after a year in Afghanistan to find a huge transformation in his wife. She lost 100lbs.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Troops • Weight loss
February 12th, 2013
09:36 AM ET

President Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home from Afghanistan – Jake Tapper reports


(CNN) - In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the president's speech.

The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half.

A Washington Post poll out Tuesday morning shows that 80% of registered voters support the president's policy to end the war in Afghanistan.

The White House has been considering a range of troop levels to remain in Afghanistan once the combat mission officially ends at the end of 2014, from as many as 15,000 troops to none at all.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Jake Tapper breaks the news of President Obama's expected announcement in this evening's State of the Union address.

READ MORE: Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home

Filed under: Afghanistan • State of the Union • Troops