BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says President Barack Obama's announcement that he will start to pull troops from Afghanistan is the "natural result," highlighting the progress the alliance has made there.
Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday that the drawdown is coming as "the tide is turning" in Afghanistan, with the Taliban under increasing pressure and government security forces getting stronger. He said the change to having the Afghan security take over was still on track to be completed in 2014.
He stressed Obama's decision was taken in close consultation with the allies.
Obama said late Wednesday that he was pulling home more than 30,000 Americans he sent to war by September next year.