Qaeda in Pak-Afghan border region is being defeated: US
14 October, 2012
WASHINGTON: The White House has said al Qaeda, operating from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, was being defeated.
"When it comes to matters like Afghanistan, it is our policy that after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, has delivered severe blows to the senior leadership in al Qaeda, and has created the time and space to build up Afghan security forces," White House spokesman, Jay Carney said on Friday.
"After the president inherited a policy in 2008 that was wildly adrift and unfocused and under-resourced in Afghanistan, he made clear what our priorities there should be and executed on a mission that has effectively gone after Al Qaeda central in the AfPak region," he recalled.
"The president is very committed to this. He made clear in the campaign for President in 2008 that he would end the war in Iraq – he did. He has made clear that he would refocus attention on what was a neglected war in Afghanistan, refocus our mission on al Qaeda, and decimating al Qaeda's leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan – he has.
However, the president had made clear that this was not a war without end, Carney said adding that President Obama was committed to the draw down of forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, in order to make the transition of security responsibility to the Afghan government and Afghan forces," he recalled.