US President Barack Obama has issued orders for 30,000 additional American troops to be sent to Afghanistan as he addresses the nation on Tuesday night to reveal what could be called the most defining decisions of his presidency.
According to reports, Obama told military leaders about his decision on late Sunday afternoon during a meeting in the Oval Office. On Monday, he phoned foreign counterparts, including leaders of Britain, France and Russia.
However, the White House press secretary Robert Gibbs refused to divulge any information on the size of additional troops to be deployed, some senior authorities have previously hinted at deployment of nearly 30,000 troops, which will bring the total American force to about 100,000.
It may be mentioned that with reinforcements already sent earlier this year, this new troop buildup will almost triple the American military presence in Afghanistan since Obama took office and represents a high-stakes gamble by a new commander in chief that he can turn around an eight-year-old war that his own generals fear is getting away from the United States.
According to the Associated Press, Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai held discussions on new strategy for over one hour on Tuesday morning through a video conference.
To brief NATO and European allies about the policy, Obama administration is sending its special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richar Holbrooke to Brussels on Tuesday.
He will be joined at NATO headquarters there on Friday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen Stanley A McChrystal, who will brief NATO foreign ministers in his capacity as the senior allied commander.