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Obama Faces 'Pivotal Moment' on Afghanistan

Monday, 09 November 2009 10:25 PM

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama faces a "pivotal moment" as he mulls whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and is unlikely to announce his decision until after a trip to Asia, officials said Monday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama has still not made up his mind, despite mounting press reports to the contrary.

Obama leaves Thursday for his first presidential trip to Asia, a visit which lasts until November 19 and will see him take in Japan, Singapore for an international summit, China and South Korea.

He leaves for Asia amid mounting pressure to unveil the results of a deep policy review aimed at drawing up the lines of future US policy in Afghanistan, now that President Hamid Karzai has been elected to a new term.

"We're at a pivotal moment, and I think the president wants to ensure that he has all that he needs and has heard from all that have equities in this, in order to make a decision moving forward," Gibbs said Monday.

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