President Obama is telling the nation tonight how fast and how soon the U.S. will start drawing down the number of troops it has in Afghanistan. He's going to talk specifically about the 33,000 or so military personnel who were added to the campaign there in the "surge" he announced in December 2009, and in broader terms about the length and size of the U.S. mission.
There are now about 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As NPR's Ari Shapiro reported for the Newscast Desk earlier, the president's long-term goal is to have all "combat" troops out of Afghanistan by sometime in 2014.
The president is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET. We will live-blog as he speaks. Be sure to hit your refresh button to see our latest updates. Afterward, we'll recap the news. If you're on the right kind of device (our apologies to those who aren't) you can also listen by clicking the player at top of this post. And, as usual, among the places you can watch online are WhiteHouse.gov and C-SPAN.org.