November 11th, 2009
11:21 AM ET

Obama considering 4 options for Afghanistan, sources say

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/02/afghanistan.strategy/art.obama.mcchrystal.wi.jpg caption="President Obama and Gen. Stanley McChrystal aboard Air Force One"]

Suzanne Malveaux and Mike Mount

President Obama is considering four scenarios to move forward in Afghanistan and is expected to discuss them at his eighth meeting with his war council on Wednesday afternoon, sources told CNN.

Though the options are not being spelled out, one is fairly well-defined.

That option, a senior administration official and U.S. military official independently confirmed, calls for sending about 34,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

A military official said the plan would send three Army brigades, totaling about 15,000 troops; a Marine brigade, about 8,000 troops; a headquarters element, about 7,000 troops; and 4,000 to 5,000 support troops.

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