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War to end in 2014: Obama

War to end in 2014: Obama

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May 24, 2012 - 10:05

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the decade-long war in Afghanistaninfo-icon would end in 2014 with the drawdown of American troops.

“Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to this country and Al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat,” Obama said at an election rally in Denver Colorado. 

“We just came out of a NATOinfo-icon summit in Chicago in which all the countries participating, an international coalition, said the war in Afghanistan will end in 2014.

"It will be over and we are going to be starting to bring our troops home. And we are going to do it in a way that is responsible and allows Afghans to take a greater lead for their own security,” he added.

In his speech, Obama criticised Mitt Romney, his prospective Republican challenger in the November presidential elections. “My opponent has different ideas. He said it was tragic to end the war in Iraq and won’t set a timeline for ending the war in Afghanistan.

"I have set a timeline. Our coalition partners and the Afghans agree with me. I intend to keep it,” the president concluded. 

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