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Monday, July 4, 2011

Petraeus marks July 4 with troops in Afghanistan

And don't forget about the troops.
The amazing U.S Military has helped secure or freedom and our independence, they deserve the biggest thanks.

The outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan marked his last Fourth of July i uniform by speaking to American troops during a re-enlistment ceremony Monday in the country's restive south.

Gen. David Petraeus, who was recently confirmed as the next director of the CIA, told the 235 troops re-enlisting in Kandahar province that they have achieved progress on the battlefield but that "much work remains" to be done in Afghanistan.

"You raised your right hand and said 'Send me,' and today you raised your right hand again and said 'Send me again, if needed,'" he told the soldiers on America's 235th birthday.

"I cannot say how impressive your action is," he said. "It is the most meaningful display of patriotism possible."

Petraeus will be replaced by U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen even as 33,000 U.S. troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan, the start of President Barack Obama's promised withdrawal of all combat troops by 2014.

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