Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Obama Announces New Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Last Friday, March 27, President Obama announced a new U.S. military strategy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the transcript of his announcement, which can be found on the White House blog (both text and video are available), President Obama states that he "want[s] the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future."

A white paper on the new U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan can be found here. To read military leaders' responses to the new policy, see this press release at the Department of Defense's website.

For a less current, but more in-depth, report on U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, read the Five-Year Afghanistan Report that was issued in 2006 to recognize the five-year anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.

You can find more government resources on Afghanistan in our guide to resources about Terrorism.

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