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Gibbs: War review won't change withdrawal plans

By the CNN Wire Staff
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says a conditions-based withdrawal from Afghanistan can begin in July 2011.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says a conditions-based withdrawal from Afghanistan can begin in July 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Obama will speak publically about the review on Thursday
  • An initial withdrawal of U.S. forces is scheduled to begin in July

Washington (CNN) -- A review of the war in Afghanistan coming out this week won't change current plans to start withdrawing some U.S. troops in July, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Tuesday.

"The view is that our transition can begin -- the conditions-based transition of our added forces -- in July 2011," Gibbs said of the planned withdrawal of some of the additional forces ordered to Afghanistan a year ago by President Barack Obama.

Gibbs spoke to reporters after a nearly two-hour meeting involving Obama and all of his senior Cabinet and military advisers to go over the upcoming review. Obama will make a public statement about the review on Thursday, Gibbs said.