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Oct 2, 2009 11:11 AM by Associated Press

Obama meets with Afghanistan commander

President Barack Obama summoned his top commander in Afghanistan to a 25-minute meeting aboard Air Force One before returning to Washington.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs that Obama invited Gen. Stanley McChrystal to meet him Friday in the Dutch capital, where he was pitching the International Olympic Committee's on the United States' bid to host the games in Chicago.

The invitation comes as Obama reviews his Afghan strategy. Obama's war council met Wednesday and he invited McChrystal to Copenhagen before the commander joined by video linkup.

A day later, McChrystal told a London audience that insurgents are gaining strength and more troops will "buy time" for the Afghan military and police forces to prepare to take control of the country in 2013.

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