President Obama Poised To Put Imprint On Iraq, Afghan Wars

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President Barack Obama will begin today to put his imprint on the nation's war strategy.

He's gathering his top military and national security advisers at the White House for what is expected to be the start of the new commander-in-chief's shift in emphasis from Iraq to Afghanistan.

According to officials, there will be a videoteleconference late in the afternoon of his first full day in office. It will include members of the National Security Council as well as the U.S. military commanders in both countries.

President Obama has said he wants combat troops out of Iraq in 16 months and a greater effort in Afghanistan.

In his inaugural speech, he warned America's enemies: "You cannot outlast us and we will defeat you."

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