Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wire: Obama 'Not Yet Sure' of Afghanistan Troop Decision Timing

Off the Wire
October 13, 2009: President Barack Obama was called up to show off his dance moves with Mexican pop singer Thalia at last Tuesday's Fiesta Latina event at the White House. (Whitehouse.gov Video on YouTube.) The White House has said a decision on Afghan strategy will be made in "the coming weeks."

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2009 -- Newswire services this morning reported that President Barack Obama has not yet determined whether he will make a decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the November 7 election runoff, a U.S. official said Tuesday, according to the French news agency AFP.
"The UN, NATO, the US stand ready to assist the Afghans in conducting the second round," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

"Whether or not the president makes a decision before that I don't think has been determined.

"I have continued to say a decision will be made in the coming weeks as the president goes through an examination of our policy," he added.
Obama has for weeks conducted a protracted review of war strategy in Afghanistan with senior national security officials.

(Report from newswire sources.)

Source: Obama not yet sure of Afghanistan troop decision timing

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