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Obama defends Afghan strategy after Gates comments

US soldiers stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near a NATO military convoy entering Kabul airport on December 11, 2013Barack Obama insisted he had faith in the Afghan war mission after former Pentagon chief Robert Gates charged the president lacked passion for military action and soured on his own troop surge. In his first public comments on criticisms of his role as commander-in-chief in new memoirs by Gates, Obama said he had a duty to constantly question US military tactics and "sweat the details" when sending young men and women to war.