Obama to roll out Afghanistan review

The White House plans Thursday to publish the findings of a year-end review of the Obama administration's Afghanistan strategy, followed by remarks from the president.

The review will be discussed in President Obama's monthly Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting, which will be held Tuesday in the White House Situation Room.


The White House will also try to make Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE available to reporters to explain the findings.

Senior administration officials made clear last month that the review will not contain any suggested policy changes. Instead, the review is largely diagnostic, focusing on what is and what is not working.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president has been studying drafts of the review as they have been made available.

Obama "feels confident that we are on track," Gibbs said.

Obama ordered the annual review when he announced his new strategy for the region last December. The new strategy included sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.