November 30th, 2009
12:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama informs top diplomatic, military officials of Afghan decision

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has informed several top diplomatic and military officials about his decision regarding new U.S. strategy and troop levels in Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

Obama called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday to tell her about his decision, Gibbs said. He also informed his top military commander in the country - Gen. Stanley McChrystal - and Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Obama will travel to West Point, New York, to announce his decision on a request by McChrystal for up to 40,000 additional troops.

Obama is expected to send more than 30,000 U.S. troops and seek further troop commitments from NATO allies as part of a counterinsurgency strategy to wipe out al Qaeda elements and stabilize the country while training Afghan forces.

–CNN's Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report

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  1. Marie Laveaux

    President Obama has done exactly what he said he would do as far as both wars are concerned. If you think differently, you didn't really listen to him during the campaign. I'm glad he took his time to make his decision, and that he listened to and took the advice of many competent people. Had Bush done the same, over 3,000 American soldiers would not have died in Iraq for a personal vendetta. I am so sorry some of you hate President Obama so much, for whatever ugly reasons you have. You will never be satisfied, and you bring everyone down with you.

    November 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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