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Obama Admits US Cannot Eliminate Taliban, End Violence in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: December 7, 2016)

obamaUS President Barack Obama has admitted that his country cannot wipe out the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan, but can help the Afghans to stabilize their country.

Obama in an address on national security on Tuesday said, “I don’t want to paint too rosy a picture. The situation in Afghanistan is still tough. War has been a part of life in Afghanistan for over 30 years. The US cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence in that country”.

However, he said “But what we can do is deny al Qaeda a safe haven, and what we can do is support Afghans who want a better future, which is why we have worked not only with their military, but we’ve backed a unity government in Kabul.”

The President of the United State further added that his country helped Afghan girls to go to school.

“We’ve supported investments in health care and electricity and education. You have made a difference in Afghanistan, and America is safer for it,” he added.

He also continued that “early decision to strengthen our efforts in Afghanistan allowed us to build the capacity of Afghans to secure and defend their own country.”

“ So today, there are less than 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Instead of being in the lead against the Taliban, Americans are now supporting 320,000 Afghan security forces who are defending their communities and supporting our counterterrorism efforts,” he said.

These statement comes at a time that Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with Taliban insurgents and other terrorist groups, such as Daesh, operating in the country.

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

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