TITLE

Obama Afghan Strategy, 2009—

PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Background Information Summaries;12/8/2009, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
During the 2008 presidential election, Democratic candidate Barack Obama criticized the administration of George W. Bush for over-emphasizing Iraq at the expense of Afghanistan, and promised to wind down the Iraq conflict while placing more resources in Afghanistan. He authorized two increments of more troops in his first year in office: 17,000 in early February, 30,000 in December. He also announced in March that some new troops would concentrate on training more Afghan forces. In May he sent a new commander to Afghanistan, Lt. General Stanley McChrystal, who in August requested more troops--a request that was leaked to the press and generated substantial controversy as popular support for the war began waning n the United States. In his December announcement of increased troops Obama said some troops would begin returning home in summer 2011 without saying how many.
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47099179

 

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