US review of Afghan war out next week: Pentagon

Last Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 13:10

Washington: The United States is due to publish its long-awaited review of the US military strategy in Afghanistan next week, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.

The report, ordered by President Barack Obama a year ago when he deployed 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to combat a bloody Taliban insurgency, is due to give an assessment of the allied intervention in the conflict.

"We have said that the roll out of the Afghan review will likely happen next week toward the end of the week, but the White House has not announced a specific date yet," Pentagon spokesman David Lapan said.

The review is due to discuss what progress has been made since the extra forces were deployed to try to turn around the nine-year conflict and ahead of the planned start of the US troop withdrawal in July 2011.

NATO leaders at a summit last month in Lisbon endorsed plans for the beginning of a "transition" to Afghan forces providing security across the country in 2011, with an aim of ending the combat mission by the end of 2014.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday said during a visit to Afghanistan that he was "convinced" the US strategy was paying off, a year after Obama ordered in the troop reinforcements.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 13:10
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