December 14th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Obama to review post-Holbrooke Afghan policy

President Barack Obama is set to huddle behind closed doors with his national security team Tuesday to review the administration's policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan - one day after the unexpected death of his diplomatic point man for the region.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, America's special envoy to the so-called "AfPak" region, died Monday while being treated at a Washington hospital for a tear in his aorta.

Obama's monthly review of policy toward the pivotal region, however, is scheduled to continue, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon among those in attendance.

A long-awaited U.S. military analysis of the war in Afghanistan is expected later this week, a year after Obama ordered additional U.S. troops to the country as part of a strategy that could bring some forces home as soon as July 2011. Officials have said the goal is to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

Earlier this month, Obama made his second trip to Afghanistan since becoming commander-in-chief.

At the moment, it is unclear whether the president intends to name a replacement for Holbrooke.

Obama paid tribute to Holbrooke Monday night, calling him "a true giant of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer, and more respected."

CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

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