Key elements of Obama's revamped Afghan strategy

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2009 10:03 PM

Key elements of the reworked Afghanistan war strategy announced by President Barack Obama on Tuesday:


An additional 30,000 U.S. troops will be sent, beginning almost immediately, raising the U.S. total there to about 100,000.

Allies will be expected to contribute more troops.


The extra U.S. troops will begin coming home in July 2011.

Obama set no further schedule for withdrawals and no target date for ending the war.


Seize the initiative against a resurgent Taliban while building the capacity of Afghan forces so that American and NATO forces can gradually hand off security responsibilities to the Afghans.

Also, support the further development of the Afghan economy and key Afghan civilian institutions.