Obama to reassess US troop levels in Afghanistan

Thursday, July 2, 2009

President Barack Obama tells The Associated Press that he will reassess the possible need for additional U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the Afghan national elections in August.

Asked how he defines U.S. success in Afghanistan, the president said Thursday the main U.S. goal is to keep the al-Qaida terrorist network from acquiring a haven from which it can train fighters and launch attacks on the United States or its allies.

He says the U.S. and its allies also must build up the Afghan national army and police and enable neighboring Pakistan to secure its borders against terrorist movements.
Source: The Associated Press


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