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Progress Report on Afghanistan War to Be Released

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(WASHINGTON) -- The much-awaited report from the White House on the progress of the war in Afghanistan will be made public on Thursday.

President Obama ordered an annual evaluation of the war last December when he announced his plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to battle a resurgent Taliban.

On Tuesday, the president will hold a final strategy session with his military and diplomatic teams on how the war is progressing before the assessment is released nationwide.

After the findings are published Thursday, Obama will follow up the report with his own comments.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are also expected to offer their opinions of the study.

While the administration wouldn’t tip its hand on what the review contains, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president “feels confident we’re on the right track.”

Earlier in the day, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he anticipated no increase in the number of American forces deployed in Afghanistan next year.  The current level is about 100,000.

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