Adam Entous and Phil Stewart
Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2009
The Obama administration is strongly considering a war strategy that incorporates at least some additional forces in Afghanistan alongside a stepped up campaign against al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistan.
The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a key player, is undecided about next steps.
But he has publicly said many of his earlier reservations about adding forces have been addressed and remains a strong proponent of counter-insurgency strategy, signals that he may be leaning toward a further buildup.
Combining an expanded counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan with more counterterrorism operations inside Pakistan’s tribal areas would be consistent with the administration’s existing strategy, launched in March.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 4:02 am