Senate votes to accelerate withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 10:00 hrs

The Senate has voted overwhelmingly to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

The 62-33 vote on Thursday reflected America's war-weariness after more than a decade of fighting.

According to Fox News, although the vote was for a non-binding amendment to the defense bill, it sent a strong signal about the ongoing conflict.

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon sponsored the measure, the report said.

It also set the stage for a fight with the House, which passed a bill in May that called for President Barack Obama to maintain a force of at least 68,000 troops through the end of 2014, the report added. (ANI)

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