US responsibly ending the Afghan war: Obama
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States was responsibly ending the war in Afghanistan from the position of strength, the US President, Barack Obama, said Friday on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the US-led war on terror in Afghanistan.
“After a difficult decade, we are responsibly ending today’s war from a position of strength,” said the US President in a statement issued on the occasion.
As the rest of US troops come home from Iraq in 2011, they have begun to draw down their forces in Afghanistan and transition security to the Afghan forces, with whom they would forge an enduring partnership, he said.
Obama said the US was closer than ever in defeating Al Qaeda. “In delivering justice to Osama bin Laden and many other al Qaeda leaders, we are closer than ever to defeating al Qaeda and its murderous network,” he said.
Despite the enormous challenges that remained in Afghanistan, they had pushed the Taliban out of their key strongholds, he said, adding Afghan security forces were growing stronger, and the Afghan people had a new chance to forge their own future.
In Afghanistan and beyond, the US has shown that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam and that it is are a partner with those who seek justice, dignity and opportunity. “Ten years ago today, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, our nation went to war against Al Qaeda and its Taliban protectors in Afghanistan,” Obama said.
“As we mark a decade of sacrifice, Michelle and I join all Americans in saluting the more than half a million men and women who have served bravely in Afghanistan to keep our country safe, including our resilient wounded warriors who carry the scars of war, seen and unseen,” he said.
“We honor the memory of the nearly 1,800 American patriots, and many coalition and Afghan partners, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan for our shared security and freedom. We pay tribute to our inspiring military families who have persevered at home with a loved one at war,” said the US President.
They were grateful to their tireless diplomats and intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals who had worked these ten years to protect their country and save American lives, the statement concluded.
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