Obama, Joint Chiefs to talk about Afghanistan plans

afghanustroopsPresident Obama will host the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the White House on Friday as he reassesses his administration's military plan in Afghanistan.

The meeting will give each branch of the U.S. armed services a direct chance to tell Obama the effect on the military if a large number of additional forces are sent to Afghanistan, two military sources told CNN's Barbara Starr.

"The president wants to get input from different services," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said this week. "It's a chance to consult with uniformed military leadership as a part of his [Afghanistan-Pakistan] review."

A proposed expansion of U.S. forces in Afghanistan comes with some misgivings from the military chiefs. The Army and Marine Corps have expressed concerns that it could make it tougher to give troops promised time at home with their families between overseas tours.

The president met with his national security team on Monday to talk about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said. The meeting was the sixth in a series of high-level discussions being held in part to forge a new consensus on how best to confront Taliban and al Qaeda militants threatening the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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