On the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama is under more pressure than ever over which course of action to take. Last night, Obama held a meeting of key Republican and Democrat leaders in the White House in which he was urged by Republican congressional leaders to heed General Stanley McChrystal's call for more troops. Obama is expected to unveil a new strategy in the coming weeks. He has made it clear that the administrations policy towards Afghanistan will not entail a significant reduction of troops and a narrower counter-terrorist focus on al-Qaeda, a strategy that been linked with his vice-president, Joe Biden. The president intends to meet his national security team on Wednesday to discuss Pakistan and on Friday to deliberate an Afghan strategy.