Obama says his Afghanistan plan coming soon

President Barack Obama says he soon will announce his new plan for Afghanistan, one that takes into account the costs ? the possible commitment of thousands more U.S. troops and billions of dollars.

The president says the new plan for the 8-year-old war will be fully transparent.

Speaking at a news conference Friday after a 90-minute meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Obama said he has taken exceeding care in examining a new strategy because he wants “to get it right.”

The Japanese leader says Japan is ending its refueling operation for American forces in Afghanistan but is committing $5 billion in aide to the impoverished country.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.