08/01/2010 10:38 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Targeted Killings New U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan

Faced with that reality, and the pressure of a self-imposed deadline to begin withdrawing troops by July 2011, the Obama administration is starting to count more heavily on the strategy of hunting down insurgents. The shift could change the nature of the war and potentially, in the view of some officials, hasten a political settlement with the Taliban.

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