Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home

By Hannah Lythe 06-23-2011

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to the war, the U.S. military's strategy, and the people impacted by our decisions. Read more about our campaign at]

  • Obama announces plan to bring home 33,000 troops: "President Obama charted a middle course Wednesday for ending the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, outlining a departure plan that will remove troops faster than his commanders had requested but more slowly than many of his political allies would like."
  • War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs: "Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air: shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects and birds."
  • Afghanistan's Last Locavores: "Many urban Americans idealize 'green living' and 'slow food.' But few realize that one of the most promising models for sustainable living is not to be found on organic farms in the United States, but in Afghanistan. A majority of its 30 million citizens still grow and process most of the food they consume. They are the ultimate locavores."

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portrait-hannah-lytheHannah Lythe is policy and outreach associate at Sojourners.

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