The Associated Press has learned that the Bush administration, in the midst of a wide review of its war strategy in Afghanistan, is likely to recommend to the incoming Obama administration that the U.S. push for further expansion of the Afghan army is the surest path to an eventual U.S. withdrawal, the Associated Press reported.
The strategy review, which began in September amid increasing militant violence and a growing U.S. and allied death toll, is expected to be presented by December.
Defense officials would discuss emerging conclusions only on condition of anonymity because it is not yet completed.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to focus more on quicker training and equipping of a bigger Afghan army.
Gates said last week that it represents the long-term answer in Afghanistan.