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White House: Leaving Afghanistan is not an option

WASHINGTON. - The White House says leaving Afghanistan is not an option that President Barack Obama is considering.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Obama is not considering leaving the eroding war in Afghanistan. Obama is undertaking a thorough review of the U.S. policy in the war that is about to enter its ninth year.

Gibbs said it's clear that the United States cannot simply withdraw. The debate over whether to send as many as 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan is a major element of a strategy overhaul that senior administration policy advisers will consider this week as they gather for top-level meetings on the evolving direction of the war.

Obama has invited a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to the White House tomorrow to confer about the eroding war in Afghanistan.

Gibbs said the administration would brief leaders from both parties and key committee chairmen.

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