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Obama calls security meeting on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama is calling his war council together as he moves toward a decision on whether to add more U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
     
The president has said he would announce his plans by year's end. He first called the high-powered national security team together in August as he began wrestling with a new plan for Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, where the al-Qaida leadership is believed hiding. Monday's session would be the 10th to be held in the secure White House situation room.
     
Commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal has said more U.S. forces were needed to head off a U.S. failure in the fight against Taliban militants in Afghanistan. He has recommended about 40,000 additional troops.

NATO urging more allied forces in Afghanistan

NATO officials say the organization wants other nations to commit more forces to Afghanistan ahead of President Barack Obama's decision on whether to send in more troops.
     
There are currently about 71,000 NATO troops in the country, nearly half of them American. Obama is expected to announce in the next two weeks whether he'll add as many as 40,000 more troops to the 36,000 U.S. military troops station in Afghanistan.
     
The debate over troop levels continued today as the military announced that four U.S. troops were killed during a 24-hour period in Afghanistan. Three of those deaths occurred Sunday, while the fourth happened Monday in eastern Afghanistan.

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