‘Obama keen on defeating al Qaeda in Afghanistan`

US President Barack Obama is focused on his goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the White House said.

Updated: Mar 20, 2012, 15:28 PM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama is
focused on his goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and is confident of achieving that, a
top presidential aide said Tuesday.

"The fact is that the everything that we do there in
Afghanistan is focused on our goal of disrupting, dismantling
and defeating al-Qaeda, of stabilising Afghanistan
sufficiently so that we can train up and transfer authority to
Afghan security forces and withdraw our troops as we do that,"
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

"The bravery and courage of our men and women in uniform
has been astounding throughout, and they continue to focus on
that mission, in very difficult circumstances. So the
President`s focused on that," he said responding to questions
on the recent developments in Afghanistan.

Obama, he said, had called his Afghan counterpart Hamid
Karzai after 16 Afghan civilians were killed by a US soldier
in Kandahar.

The soldier has been arrested and has been brought back to the US where he faces criminal charges.

"We made very clear both the President`s feelings and our
feelings about the terrible incident that occurred in
Afghanistan. There is an investigation, an active
investigation ongoing," he said.

Carney said the US President is focused on two things.

"One, as he made clear last week, the incident that the
killing of these innocent Afghan civilians was a tragic and
terrible event, and it did not represent what our military
stands for, what the American people stand for," he said.

"He made that clear. There is an investigation that`s
taking place and, you know, we`re not going to wade into that
from here. Then there is the overall mission that our men and
women in uniform are implementing in Afghanistan, which he is
of course very focused on," he said responding to a question.

PTI