Friday, March 27, 2009

Pentagon: Obama Unveils Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Review

News in Balance

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2009 -- President Barack Obama unveiled the Afghanistan-Pakistan policy review today, calling the situation in the region "increasingly perilous."

The report, which Obama requested upon taking office in January, comprises input from U.S. military and diplomatic leaders, NATO and other allies, and non-government organizations, the president said during a news conference.

"It has been more than seven years since the Taliban was removed from power, yet war rages on, and insurgents control parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said. "Attacks against our troops, our NATO allies, and the Afghan government have risen steadily. Most painfully, 2008 was the deadliest year of the war for American forces."

Obama spelled out the broad U.S. objectives: To disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.

"That is the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just," he said. "And to the terrorists who oppose us, my message is the same: we will defeat you."

This is a developing story.

More to follow.

(Report from a U.S. Defense Department news release.)

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Blogger Sikander Hayat said...

People who understand this region of Afghanistan Pakistan know very well how closely linked these two countries are. There is no practice border between to the two countries as same ethnic group lives on both sides of the border and does not recognise the international border. Also for ages, as Afghanistan is a land locked country, all its trade is conducted through Pakistan. Resolving Pakistan will resolve Afghanistan and vice versa so for the purposes of eliminating Al-Qaida, this region should be considered one continuous territory and Afpak is an apt name for it.

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