Tide of Afghan war receding: Obama
WASHINGTONG (PAN): The tide of war is receding in Afghanistan and a capable Afghan government and security forces will take over complete responsibility for their own security by 2014, US President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly.
Obama said the US and its coalition partners had begun in Afghanistan a transition, where an increasingly capable government and security forces would step forward to take responsibility for the future of their country by 2014.
"We are drawing down our own forces, while building an enduring partnership with the Afghan people," Obama said in his address to the UN General Assembly in the presence of a galaxy of world leaders.
"So let there be no doubt: the tide of war is receding. When I took office, roughly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year, that number will be cut in half, and it will continue to decline," he added.
The US president said the world was poised to end the war from a position of strength. Ten years ago, there was an open wound of twisted steel and broken hearts, he recalled.
Obama called 2011 a remarkable year, when the Qaddafi regime was ousted, Mubarak was no longer in power and Osama bin Laden was gone, and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him.
"The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. Technology is putting power in the hands of the people. The youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship, and rejecting the lie that some races, religions and ethnicities do not desire democracy," Obama concluded.
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