The review of the administration's Afghanistan strategy included a major discussion of a range of options, the White House said. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan, attended the meeting, his first with Obama since he submitted a military assessment calling for an expanded counterinsurgency effort and suggesting the mission in Afghanistan was likely to fail without a major increase in troop strength.
White House officials want to consider options such as training Afghan security forces or targeting al-Qaida leaders for death or capture, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Defense Secretary Robert Gates' "thinking on this is evolving."
"But I don't think he has come to a final determination on what he believes to be the appropriate course going forward," Morrell said.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama remained committed to destroying al-Qaida "and its extremist allies."
Another meeting is scheduled for Oct. 7, the Times said.