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Obama ‘weeks away’ from Afghan decision

August 1, 2018
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Hours after winning a Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama assembles his war council to discuss the 8-year-old Afghanistan conflict that military commanders are pressing him to escalate. (MSNBC — 11 October, 2009)
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A senior official says President Barack Obama is prepared to accept Taliban involvement in Afghanistan’s political future and is more focused on keeping al-Qaida at bay. (MSNBC — 9 October, 2009)
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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 — 7 hours ago)
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President Obama, convening his fifth war council meeting in as many weeks, pressed his senior national security advisers Wednesday on the political situation in Afghanistan and the effort to train the country’s security forces, officials said. (Washington Post — 7 hours ago)
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Senior White House officials have begun to make the case for a policy shift in Afghanistan that would send few, if any, new combat troops to the country and instead focus on faster military training of Afghan forces, continued assassinations of al-Qaeda leaders and support for the government of n… (Washington Post — 7 hours ago)
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President Obama huddled with top military, foreign policy and national security advisers Wednesday as part of an ongoing review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (CNN — 15 October, 2009)
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In a shift from his days as a liberal hawk, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is President Obamas in-house pessimist on Afghanistan. (New York Times — 14 October, 2009)
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In an unannounced move authorized by the White House, the Pentagon is deploying at least 13,000 support troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 21,000 combat troops announced in March. (MSNBC — 13 October, 2009)
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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military officer in Afghanistan, tells commanders to pull forces out of sparsely populated areas where U.S. troops have fought bloody battles with the Taliban for several years and focus on protecting major Afghan population centers. (Washington Post — 7 hours ago)
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