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‘US goals in Kabul achievable’

Expressing his resolve to refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said that American goals of uprooting terrorists safe havens were achievable in Afghanistan.

world Updated: Feb 28, 2009 23:36 IST

Expressing his resolve to refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said that American goals of uprooting terrorists safe havens were achievable in Afghanistan.

Soon after announcing the timeline to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by 2011, Obama, in his speech at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, said: it is time now to refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Minimal goals in Afghanistan is that we make sure that it’s not a safe haven for al-Qaeda, and they are not able to launch attacks against the American homeland or American interests,” he said.

The President said that the US had no interests or aspirations to be in Afghanistan over a long term.

He last week announced to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan and has been conducting an extensive review of US policy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan.