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Obama to announce Afghan troop drawdown; Other big changes


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's decision on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan isn't the only big change going on.

There's also the departure from Washington and Kabul of senior U.S. leaders with years of experience in managing the war.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is retiring next week. The top two American generals in Kabul -- David Petraeus and David Rodriguez -- are due to leave for new assignments as early as July. Also departing in July is retired Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador in Kabul.

They will be replaced by men with military and national security resumes but less direct experience in Afghanistan.

A fresh set of eyes could lead to new advice to the White House on how to wind down 10 years of war.

Obama today is expected to both outline a plan for starting to bring troops home in July, as well as a broader withdrawal blueprint aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security in 2014.

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