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White House: Afghan war not in crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser isn't ruling out anything in Afghanistan, including another infusion of U.S. troops.

Making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, James Jones, a retired Marine general with experience in Afghanistan, says Afghanistan is not now in crisis.

Jones says the United States will know "by the end of next year" whether the revamped war plan Obama announced in March is taking hold.

The administration is redefining how it will measure progress, with new benchmarks that reflect a redrawn strategy. An outline is expected next month.

The Obama plan is supposed to combine a more vigorous military campaign against the Taliban with a commitment to protect Afghan civilians and starve the insurgents of sanctuary and popular support.


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