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President Obama To Announce Decision On Afghanistan Troop Levels Soon, Says White House

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama's decision on sending more American troops to Afghanistan is expected to be announced soon.

"Without getting into broad timelines, I don't think this is anything that involves weeks," Gibbs told reporters on board Air Force One, when asked about the timing of President Obama's announcement on the widely expected troop surge in Afghanistan.

Gibbs said that the U.S. administration is continuing to review its policy on Afghanistan, adding: I would expect that the president's decision could come shortly."

He said that the president has also discussed the issue with military leaders and his foreign policy advisers, adding that special U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke is currently in the region to evaluate the situation there.

Last Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates had said at a Pentagon news conference that Obama's decision on the Afghan troop surge was imminent, saying that the President "will have several options in front of him." However, a formal announcement is yet to be made on the issue.

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