Barack Obama on Afghanistan

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Our troops have done everything that's been asked of them, they have performed magnificently in Iraq, magnificently in Afghanistan but it is time to stop spending 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq when the Iraqi government sits on a huge surplus.feedback

We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.feedback

The insurgency in Afghanistan did not just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget, this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans.feedback

There are a lot of questions that as I spoke to experts kept on coming up – Do we know how the Shia and the Sunni and the Kurds are going to get along in a post-Saddam situation? What's our asessment as to how this will affect the battle against terrorists like al-Qaeda? Have we finished the job in Afghanistan?feedback

In Afghanistan our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear. By preventing the Taliban from re-establishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.feedback

We have an excellent opportunity to reset the relationship between the United States and Russia on a whole host of issues: from nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, how we approach Iran, how we approach the Middle East.feedback

In the coming days, the last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq, with honour and with their heads held high. There should be no doubt the drawdown in Iraq has allowed us to refocus our resources to achieve progress in Afghanistan, put al Qaeda on the path to defeat and to better prepare for the full range of challenges that lie ahead.feedback

While I am concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardise individuals or operations, the fact is these documents don't reveal any issues that haven't already informed our public debate on Afghanistan.feedback

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