`US would not relent until al Qaeda is defeated`

US President Barack Obama has vowed not to relent till the time al Qaeda is defeated.

Updated: Aug 31, 2011, 23:30 PM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama has
said that the killing of Osama bin Laden is the greatest victory yet in the war against terrorism, but vowed not to relent till the time Al Qaeda is defeated.

"A few months ago, our troops achieved our greatest
victory yet in the fight against those who attacked us on 9/11
-- delivering justice to Osama bin Laden in one of the
greatest intelligence and military operations in American
history," Obama said in his address to the 93rd annual
conference of the American Legion in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Having put al Qaeda on the path to defeat, we won?t
relent until the job is done. Having started to draw down our
forces in Afghanistan, we`ll bring home 33,000 troops by next
summer and bring home more troops in the coming years," he
said.

"As our mission transitions from combat to support,
Afghans will take responsibility for their own security, and
the longest war in American history will come to a responsible
end," Obama said in his remarks.

"Through their service, through their sacrifice, through
their astonishing record of achievement, our forces have
earned their place among the greatest of generations.

Toppling the Taliban in just weeks. Driving al Qaeda
from the training camps where they plotted 9/11. Giving the
Afghan people the opportunity to live free from terror," he
said.

"When the decision was made to go into Iraq, our troops
raced across deserts and removed a dictator in less than a
month. When insurgents, militias and terrorists plunged Iraq
into chaos, our troops adapted, they endured ferocious urban
combat, they reduced the violence and gave Iraqis a chance to
forge their own future," Obama said.
"When a resurgent Taliban threatened to give al Qaeda
more space to plot against us, the additional forces I ordered
to Afghanistan went on the offensive - taking the fight to
the Taliban and pushing them out of their safe havens,
allowing Afghans to reclaim their communities and training
Afghan forces," he said.

Obama said having started to draw down US forces in
Afghanistan, he will bring home 33,000 troops by next summer
and bring home more troops in the coming years.

"As our mission transitions from combat to support,
Afghans will take responsibility for their own security, and
the longest war in American history will come to a responsible
end," he said.

PTI