Washington: Acknowledging that there would
be serious attempts by Taliban to disrupt the Presidential
runoff elections in Afghanistan, the White House on Thursday said
that the militant group would not be successful in their
"I don`t doubt that there will be members of the Taliban
or violent extremists that seek to disrupt the will of the
Afghan people," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told
reporters at his daily news briefing.
"That`s not going to be successful. The Afghan people
are going to decide who will run their next government, and
we`re confident of that," Gibbs said.
Gibbs said the troops that were authorised to go by the
President to create a security environment that allowed us to
have an election -- we saw the same type of cowardly violence
leading up to the first election.
He said the Obama Administration is conducting a
comprehensive assessment. President Barack Obama has so far
held six situation room meetings at the White House running
into more than 17 hours.
Obama is scheduled to meet Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss with him ongoing
assessment in Afghanistan and Pakistan.