(WASHINGTON) -- The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, at war in Iraq for almost eight years and at war in Libya for nine days.
Some NATO officials have suggested the U.S. will remain in Libya for three months, while people in the Pentagon think it could be much longer than that.
On This Week, ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper asked Secretary of Defense Gates if he thought the mission would be over by the end of the year, more than eight months away.
“I don't think anybody knows the answer to that,” Gates said.
Despite the uncertainty, President Obama recently reiterated his message that Libya would be a short military engagement.
“I said at the outset that this was going to be a matter of days and not weeks,” the President said at an appearance last week with the President of El Salvador. “And there’s nothing based on how we've been able to execute over the last several days that changes that assessment.”
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