NEW: The Afghan military says it's ready to defend the country
Obama announces that by February 2014, 34,000 U.S. forces will be home
80% of registered voters support the president's policy to end the Afghanistan war, poll shows
The White House has been considering a range of troop levels to remain in Afghanistan
President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night that some 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home by this time next year.
The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by more than half. There are now about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
A Washington Post poll on Tuesday showed that 80% of registered voters support the president’s policy to end the war in Afghanistan.
In January, Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington, where they agreed to accelerate the military transition in Afghanistan.