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Obama Briefs Hill Leaders on Afghan Strategy

Updated: 8:05 p.m.President Barack Obama briefed Congressional leaders Thursday on his strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he plans to announce Friday, according to White House officials. According to the Associated Press, Obama plans to send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan in the coming weeks.Obama made calls to lawmakers and briefed some at the White House. A contingent led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was at the White House on Thursday afternoon to talk about the new strategy.White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today’s briefings were the culmination of a long process that involved ongoing consultations on the matter with lawmakers and world leaders. Gibbs said Obama had tasked aides with taking “a regional approach to the problem,— resulting in a strategy that covers not only the war in Afghanistan but also a U.S. policy toward Pakistan.“I think you’ll hear the president talk about how progress in one is also determined by stability and progress in another,— Gibbs said of the two-country review.Pelosi recently visited Afghanistan and has since been citing four policy areas that need attention: military strategy, government corruption, construction resources and a policy toward Pakistan.A Pelosi aide said it was “a good, productive meeting.—

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