Goal in Afghanistan is ultimate Al Qaeda defeat: US
“It has been the President’s objective once he took office to make clear what our goals are in Afghanistan, and that is to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat al Qaeda, and with that as our objective, to provide enough assistance to Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan government to allow them to take over security for themselves,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference.
That process is underway, he said. “The United States has withdrawn a substantial number of troops and we are in the process of drawing down further as we hand over security lead to Afghan forces,” he said.
The United States, he said, has more than 60,000 troops involved in a war in Afghanistan, a war that began when the United States was attacked in an attack that was organized on the soil of Afghanistan by al Qaeda, by Osama bin Laden and others, and where 3,000 people were killed in that attack.
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