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Al-Qaeda, Taliban plotting from Af-Pak border: Obama

world Updated: May 13, 2010 19:37 IST
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With footprints of the recent terror plots in the US being traced to Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said that Al-Qaeda and Taliban continue to plot from the Af-Pak border region, a "safe haven" for terrorists.

Obama, who expressed his resolve to dismantle, disrupt and defeat the extremist network in the region, said that Afghanistan's efforts against the menace of terrorism will have an impact on the US and the entire world.

"As we've seen in recent plots here in the United States, Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies continue to plot in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a growing Taliban insurgency could mean an even larger safe haven for Al-Qaeda and its affiliates," he said last night.

"So today, we are reaffirming our shared goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan and to prevent its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future," Obama said at a joint White House press availability with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Warning that there are many difficult days ahead in Afghanistan, Obama said: "We face a determined and ruthless enemy, but we go forward with confidence because we have something that our adversaries do not: We have a commitment to seek a future of justice and peace and opportunity for the Afghan people.

"We have the courage and resolve of men and women from Afghanistan and our international coalition who are determined to help Afghans realise that future."

Obama said President Karzai agrees that the two sides have to deal with the extremists that are disrupting life in Afghanistan. "Our strategic approach has been entirely consistent."

The US President said he and Karzai agreed that they cannot win through a military strategy alone; that they are going to have to make sure that they have an effective governance, capacity-building and economic development in Afghanistan in order for them to succeed.