Obama, Petraeus discuss Afghan withdrawal options

Posted: 06/16/2011
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June 17, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has met with the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan to discuss a range of options for starting the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in July.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said General David Petraeus, along with other members of the U.S. national security team, met with Obama at the White House on June 15.

Carney said Petraeus presented a "range of options" on reducing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The spokesman, however, gave no details on the options.

Obama is expected to publicly announce a decision on the Afghanistan troop drawdown soon. The United States currently has around 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Obama administration officials have said they want to start withdrawing U.S. troops while also ensuring that enough American forces will be deployed to protect gains and ensure that Afghan forces can take over control of security in the country by 2014.

compiled from agency reports