‘Obama to announce Afghan troop deployment on Dec 1’

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 11:03

Washington: US President Barack Obama has tentatively planned to announce the number of troops being deployed to Afghanistan in a speech to the nation on December 1, National Public Radio reported late Monday.

The radio network, citing unnamed sources, said that there will be a sizeable increase of troops, but did not give any figures.
The plan is for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen, and the top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, to testify to Congress soon after Obama makes the announcement, NPR said.

Obama held a two-hour meeting with his war cabinet late Monday to discuss the strategy in Afghanistan.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier told reporters that a decision on troops could be announced as early as next week, adding that the president would not make the announcement during the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, which is celebrated on Thursday.
"It`s not going to happen this week," he said. "Obviously the first possible time would be some time next week."

Gibbs, speaking at the regular White House briefing, would not confirm a date for the announcement.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 11:03

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