UK's Brown: Obama's Afghan troop decision due soon

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2009 12:59 PM

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says President Barack Obama will announce his decision on sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan within days.

Brown told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Wednesday that he had recently spoken to Obama, "and I expect him to announce in a few days what his numbers for Afghanistan will be."

Obama is considering a request from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, for up to 40,000 more troops.

Asked about Brown's comment, the White House referred to press secretary Robert Gibbs' statement Tuesday that Obama's decision was still weeks away.

There are currently 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.