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Afghan war anniversary arrives amid intense debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The debate over strategy remains intense on the Afghan war's 8th anniversary.

As he hosted some 18 top lawmakers at the White House yesterday, President Barack Obama said there wouldn't be a quick decision on the path forward

An administration official says the president also understands the urgency of turning around the war.

The president's national security team will hold its second long strategy meeting today on Afghanistan, with Pakistan as the focus.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will back the military leadership in deciding what the best approach is. Arizona Sen. John McCain says its clear more troops are needed.

This is the deadliest year yet for the coalition and a new poll suggests public support for the war is dwindling.

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