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Obama nearing decision on deploying more troops

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say President Barack Obama to zeroing in on a decision to add tens of thousands more forces to Afghanistan.

They say the deployment would most likely begin in January, and be aimed at boosting the defenses of 10 key Afghan cities and towns.

The president meets again tomorrow with his foreign policy and military team. But a White House spokesman says the president probably won't announce final plans for Afghanistan until late this month.

It's been nearly three months since Afghan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal reported to Obama that the U.S. mission was headed for failure without the addition of about 40,000 troops.

Officials say the president is currently leaning toward an option dubbed "McChrystal light" because it would fall short of the general's request.

Military officials say Obama will have choices that include a phased addition of up to 40,000 forces over some six months or more next year.


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