US doing a rethink on Afghanistan policy?

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US doing a rethink on Afghanistan policy?
New York:  Eight years after the start of US-led operations in Afghanistan, the Obama administration is having a serious rethink on its Afghanistan policy.

Obama has met top national security advisers after rising speculation over likely changes to US strategy in Afghanistan.

Top policy makers also discussed the volatile situation in neighbouring Pakistan. The effort is to find the "right strategy" for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region to achieve his goal of defeating the Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

On Thursday, President Obama has convened a "situation room meeting" on Pakistan with his top aides. Washington now believes that it is important to have the right strategy for Pakistan as most of the top Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are in the tribal areas of the country bordering Afghanistan.

Besides Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the meeting would be attended by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defence Secretary Robert Gates, Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; and Central Command Commander, General David Petraeus.

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