30,000 More Troops? Obama Gives Orders For New Afghan Strategy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has already ordered his new Afghan strategy implemented and is informing the leaders of Russia, Britain and France of his plans, a White House spokesman said Monday.

Obama told top security aides and generals of his final decision and issued orders to implement it on Sunday, ahead of unveiling it to the US public in an address on Tuesday, said spokesman Robert Gibbs.

The US president was also contacting Russian President Dmitry MedvedevBritish Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to communicate his strategy aims, Gibbs told reporters.

Editor's note: Reuters reports that Obama's plan involves sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

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