Officials: Obama's Afghanistan Goals Due Soon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says a review of objectives in Afghanistan is "just about done."

Adm. Mike Mullen appeared yesterday on PBS' "The Charlie Rose Show."

Defense and administration officials say the Obama administration expects to announce new objectives for the flagging war as soon as next week. They would place the onus on next-door Pakistan to contain extremism.

The White House objectives are expected to roughly parallel 15 goals contained in a 20-page classified report to the White House from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Among them are getting rid of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and adopting a regional approach to reducing the threat of terrorism and extremism in both countries.

Mullen says the review also addresses the need for stability, economic development and better governance in Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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