WASHINGTON (CBS/WCSC) - After months of consultations and strategy sessions with the country's top military advisers, President Barack Obama now has a new plan for Afghanistan that will mean a long-term troop surge.
During an exclusive interview to CBS News, Pbama said he intends to give Gen. Stanley McChrystal most of the troops he is requesting. Obama has initially decided to send four combat brigades and thousands of support troops.
All of Obama's military advisers have recommended a larger troop presence in Afghanistan. They also warned success in the country will also depend heavily on Afghan president Hamid Karzai cleaning up the corrupt government.
The first wave of troops would arrive early next year. The full military presence would be in place by the end of 2010, according to estimates. Military officials say the buildup is expected to last four years, until Gen. McChrystal has doubled the size of the Afghan army and security forces.
68,000 American troops are already stationed in Afghanistan, meaning the surge would push the total number of American troops in the Middle Eastern country would be more than 100,000 by the end of Obama's first term in office.
CBS News said the president was not expected to announce his decision until after he returns from a trip to China the week before Thanksgiving.