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Book outlines internal battles over Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new book says that amid deep divisions over Afghanistan, President Barack Obama insisted on an exit strategy and set a withdrawal timetable declaring, "I can't lose the whole Democratic Party."

The book, "Obama's Wars," by journalist Bob Woodward, says Obama aides were deeply divided over the war in Afghanistan even as the president agreed to triple troop levels there. Obama's top White House adviser on Afghanistan and his special envoy for the region are described as believing the strategy will not work.

The book, obtained by The New York Times ahead of its publication, says Obama's top advisers spent much of the past 20 months arguing about policy and turf.

It also reports that the U.S. has intelligence showing that manic-depression has been diagnosed in Afghan President Hamid Karzai and that he was on medication.


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