Obama met Petraeus on Afghan troop drawdown: White House

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 1:43 PM
Obama met Petraeus on Afghan troop drawdown: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with General David Petraeus to discuss a range of options for the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday.

"That conversation will continue," Carney told a news briefing, saying the president's national security team was reviewing a broad array of issues surrounding the withdrawal, which is due to start in July.

The scale and speed of that pullback has not yet been announced, and is expected to follow recommendations from Petraeus, the commander of the 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, to Obama.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Laura MacInnis)