Working on goal of sovereign, stable partner in Afghanistan: Obama
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Having have ended the combat mission and transitioned to a dramatically smaller force, the United States is now focused on the goal of a sovereign and stable partner in Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for international terrorists, US President Barack Obama said in his national security strategy, sent to the Congress on Friday.
“Our counterterrorism approach is at work with several states, including Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan, we have ended our combat mission and transitioned to a dramatically smaller force focused on the goal of a sovereign and stable partner in Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for international terrorists,” said the National Security Strategy.
This has been made possible by the extraordinary sacrifices of US military, civilians throughout the interagency and international partners, it said. “They delivered justice to Osama bin Laden and significantly degraded al-Qaida’s core leadership. They helped increase life expectancy, access to education, and opportunities for women and girls,” said the NSS running into nearly 35 pages.
“Going forward, we will work with partners to carry out a limited counterterrorism mission against the remnants of core al-Qaida and maintain our support to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF),” it said. “We are working with NATO and our other partners to train, advise, and assist the ANSF as a new government takes responsibility for the security and well-being of Afghanistan’s citizens,” it said.
The NSS said: “We will also work with the countries of the region, including Pakistan, to mitigate the threat from terrorism and to support a viable peace and reconciliation process to end the violence in Afghanistan and improve regional stability.”
This is the second National Security Strategy of the Obama Administration. The first one released in May 2010 had focused majorly on the war against terrorism, in which it had described Af-Pak as the epicenter of terrorist organizations.
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