Obama to discuss war issues on first day in office

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2009 02:55 hrs

Washington: On the very first day in office, US President Barack Obama will discuss war issues with his national security aides and senior commanders on Wednesday.

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According to reports, the new commander in chief was summoning Defence Secretary Robert Gates and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen along with other members of his national security council to the White House to discuss a way ahead in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During his campaign, Obama said he would withdraw all US combat troops from Iraq within 16 months. In his inaugural address on Tuesday, Obama said he would "begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan".

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Though Obama did not reveal any details about his plan for either war, his comments suggested that he was keen to begin to chart a new US policy towards Iraq and Afghanistan.

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