Washington: Stating that the US faces a tough fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would not allow safe haven for terrorists who want to destroy Afghan society.
"Our nation is at war. We face a very tough fight in Afghanistan. But Americans don`t flinch in the face of difficult truths or difficult tasks. We persist and we persevere.”
"We will not tolerate a safe haven for terrorists who want to destroy Afghan society from within and launch attacks against innocent men, women and children in our country and around the world," Obama said.
Emerging from the Oval office, soon after his monthly situation room meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his national security aide, Obama said the goal is to break the momentum of the Taliban.
"Make no mistake, we have a clear goal. We are going to break the Taliban`s momentum. We are going to build Afghan capacity. We are going to relentlessly apply pressure on al Qaeda and its leadership, strengthening the ability of both Afghanistan and Pakistan to do the same," he said.
"That`s the strategy that we agreed to last fall. That is the policy that we are carrying out in Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said.
"In that effort, we are honoured to be joined by allies and partners who have stood by us and paid the ultimate price through the loss of their young people at war. They are with us because the interests and values that we share, and because this mission is fundamental to the ability of free people to live in peace and security in the 21st century," Obama said.