Washington: President Barack Obama today
said that his strategy in Afghanistan is working and
reaffirmed that the US would start gradual withdrawal of
troops from the war-torn country from July 2011.
"We now have a strategy that can work. We`ve got one
of our best generals in Dave Petraeus on the ground," Obama
told the CBS News in an interview telecast Monday morning, but
was recorded on Friday.
"I`ve been very clear that we are going to move
forward on a process of training Afghans so that they can
provide for their own security and that, by the middle of next
year, by 2011, we are going to start thinning out our troops
and giving Afghans more responsibility," said the US
If I didn`t think that it was important for our
national security to finish the job in Afghanistan, then I
would pull them all out today, because I have to sign letters
to these family members when a loved one is lost, he said.
"I will tell you that I have not met a single young
man or woman who`s in uniform right now who`s served in
Afghanistan who doesn`t think that that`s an important
mission," he said.