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White House: No Afghanistan troop decision made

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Ed Henry
Tuesday, Nov 10th, 2009

White House National Security Adviser Retired Gen. Jim Jones issued a rare public statement Monday vehemently denying media reports that suggest U.S. President Barack Obama has privately decided to send close to 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

“Reports that President Obama has made a decision about Afghanistan are absolutely false,” Jones, who has a low public profile, said in a statement. “He has not received final options for his consideration, he has not reviewed those options with his national security team, and he has not made any decisions about resources. Any reports to the contrary are completely untrue and come from uninformed sources.”

The statement was issued shortly after CBS News’ veteran Pentagon correspondent David Martin reported that Obama has “tentatively decided” to send four more combat brigades to Afghanistan and thousands more support troops starting early next year. That would bring the total number of new troops to close to the 40,000 more troops originally requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Two other senior administration officials told CNN that the CBS report and other similar speculation is false.

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