Obama weighed risks for Afghan plan: Gates

The debate over the initial Afghan drawdown has highlighted rifts between White House and Pentagon.

US backs Afghan plan to ditch security contractors

About 26,000 armed security contractors work with the US govt in Afghanistan.

US officials predict success for new Afghan plan

The senior US general in Afghanistan is predicting success for President Barack Obama`s revamped war strategy, telling Congress it`s the best available approach.

US lauds wealth of Afghanistan troop pledges

The United States welcomed new troop commitments from its allies to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, warning the battle was a crucial test for NATO.

Allies strongly support Afghan plan: US envoy

America`s NATO allies have been strongly supportive of the administration`s plans for the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama`s envoy said on Thursday.

Obama expects support for more Afghan troops

Prez Obama will announce his plan to bolster the Afghan war in a speech Tuesday night from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his spokesman said.