WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has finished a monthly Afghanistan war review as he nears a decision on how many troops to withdraw in July.
Obama has promised to begin a “significant” withdrawal of forces next month, but no decision on the scope or pace of the withdrawal was in the offing Monday. Obama met with his national security team for a regular update about the status of the effort in the Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Obama is under pressure on Afghanistan as public support for the war remains low, congressional pressure for a faster exit mounts and defense officials urge him not to pull troops home too fast. Obama pledged to begin a July 2011 withdrawal when he ordered in 30,000 more troops in December 2009.