Washington: Voicing US` resolve to break
the Taliban`s momentum, President Barack Obama said terrorists
trained in Afghanistan and the tribal regions along the
Pakistani border have killed innocent civilians in the US
and the UK.
Obama also said that although the fight in Afghanistan
was not easy, it was "a necessary one" and expressed
confidence that they had the right strategy,
"We have the right strategy. We are going to break the
Taliban`s momentum. We are going to build Afghan capacity, so
Afghans can take responsibility for their future. We are going
to deepen regional cooperation, including with Pakistan,"
Obama said at a joint news conference yesterday with British
Prime Minister David Cameron, who is is on his first White
House visit after assuming office in May.
"This is not an easy fight, but it is a necessary one.
Terrorists trained in Afghanistan and the tribal regions along
the Pakistani border have killed innocent civilians in both of
Obama also warned that an even wider insurgency in
Afghanistan would mean an even larger safe haven for al Qaeda
and its terrorist affiliates to plan their next attack. "And
we are not going to let that happen."
The President also said he would begin to transfer some
of the American troops from the war torn Afghanistan in July
"Over the coming years, Afghans will begin to take the
lead in security and, in July of next year, we will begin to
transfer some of our forces out of Afghanistan," Obama said
setting aside all speculation over the deadline of draw-down
of US troops from Afghanistan beginning July 2011.
Noting that yesterday`s historic Kabul conference is
another major step forward in this regard, Obama said the
Afghan government presented, and its international partners
unanimously endorsed, concrete plans to implement Afghan
President Hamid Karzai`s commitments to improve security,
economic growth governance and the delivery of basic services.
Afghanistan, in fact, was one of the major topics of
discussion when Obama met Cameroon at the White House,
the two leaders acknowledged at their news conference.
"We reaffirmed our commitment to the overall strategy.
A key part of that is training the Afghan National Army and
Police so they can provide security for their country and our
troops can come home," Cameron said.
Obama further affirmed that the US "firmly supports"
the Afghan government`s peace and reconciliation plan and also
heaped praise on the recently signed Afghanistan-Pakistan
Transit Agreement which would "increase economic opportunity
for people on both sides of the border."