For a secure Afghan, Pak needs to eliminate safe havens: US

Terming Pakistan as the key to US success in Afghanistan, Panetta said this was the single most important factor after the development of capabilities of the Afghan forces.

Al Qaeda decimated but not finished: Panetta

Panetta said due to a relentless campaign, al Qaeda`s ability to carry out a large-scale attack on the US has been seriously impacted, and as a result the US is safer against a 9/11-type attacks.

Karzai should thank allied forces in Afghan: Panetta

Panetta’s remarks came in response to Karzai`s complaints that the US is failing to go after militants based in Pakistan.