President Barack Obama said on Wednesday in announcing a plan to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan in 2015 that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place and it is not up to the United States to make it one.
The Taliban on Wednesday claimed credit for
British troops` planned pullout from a southern Afghanistan
district and warned that the US forces set to take over the
troubled region will face "the same fate."
A new sense of optimism is spreading among the Iraqi people as the level of violence in their country has began to decline with "promising moves" towards political reconciliation, a top UN official has said.