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No Deadline Set for Decision on Troops

July 29, 2018
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President Obama has not set a deadline for determining a new strategy or for committing more troops to the war in Afghanistan, despite an urgent request from his top commander, his national security adviser said Saturday. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Congressional leaders left a rare bipartisan meeting with President Obama on Tuesday divided over what strategy the administration should adopt to fight an increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan and how quickly it must do so to protect U.S. forces already on the ground. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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The United States and NATO countries fighting in Afghanistan have told President Hamid Karzai’s government that they expect him to remain in office for another five-year term and will work with him on an expanded campaign to turn insurgent fighters against the Taliban and other militant groups. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s grim assessment of the Afghanistan war has opened a divide between the military, which is pushing for an early decision to send more troops, and civilian policymakers who are increasingly doubtful of an escalating nation-building effort. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown hinted strongly that discussions with American leaders had persuaded him that they would approve a modest increase in American troops. (New York Times — 15 October, 2009)
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The nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. war in Afghanistan “probably needs more forces” and sought to reassure lawmakers skeptical of sending additional troops that commanders were devising new tactics that would lead to victory over a resurgent Taliban. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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