Obama to decide soon on US troops in Afghan

June 7, 2011 01:23


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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama said on Monday he will announce soon his decision on how many US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in July to start a gradual pullout from that country.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met their senior national security aides for two hours to discuss policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan in the wake of the May 2 killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said planned troop withdrawals were not discussed, but that Obama expects to receive a recommendation from his military commanders on how many troops to withdraw starting next month.

This will be the start of a transition to Afghan security control scheduled to conclude in 2014.

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