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Tackling Qaeda and Taliban top priority for Obama Admin

world Updated: Jan 21, 2009 22:01 IST
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Tackling the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan would be the top priority for the new Obama Administration which took over the reins of power in the US.

Listing Afghanistan and Pakistan on the top of new administration's foreign policy agenda, the White House said yesterday, "Obama and Biden will refocus American resources on the greatest threat to our security -- the resurgence of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

The new leadership, the White House said, "will increase our troop levels in Afghanistan, press our allies in NATO to do the same, and dedicate more resources to revitalise Afghanistan's economic development."

This is in tune with the promises made by President Barack Obama in the run up to his presidential election campaign, during which he repeatedly asserted that as Afghanistan-Pakistan is the nerve centre of terrorists activities around the world the US needs to focus its energy on the region.

During his election campaigns, Obama had accused the Bush Administration of diverting the resources and attention from Afghanistan to Iraq. This, he said, was a mistake.

Obama has already indicated he would be sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to defeat the war against terror in the region. He also expects NATO allies to send an equal number of them.

Soon after being sworn in as the US President, Obama promised in his inaugural speech that he would finish the fight in Afghanistan.