Obama may announce Afghanistan decision this week

Amanda Seitz Contributor
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President Barack Obama may announce his much anticipated decision on the Afghanistan troop drawdown later this week.

Sources confirmed Obama will reveal his decision on Afghanistan Tuesday or Wednesday, The Weekly Standard reported.

Obama could be pulling out as many as 10,000 troops beginning later this summer, followed by an additional 10,000 in early 2012, with the remaining leaving at the end of 2012.

If this speculation is accurate, Obama will be going against recommendations from General David Petraeus and outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates; both military experts said a slow withdrawal would be safest.

Earlier this month, Fox News reported that roughly 800 troops were projected to leave in July 2011.