Topic: Situation in Afghanistan
- Taliban may be 'driven out' of Afghanistan by end of 2011 - U.S. defense secretary
- Afghanistan unprepared for NATO pullout - Russian Security Council
- Karzai tells NATO to stop bombing Afghan villages
- NATO-led coalition casualties in Afghanistan hit 700 in 2010
U.S. President Barack Obama told TV stations in an interview on Tuesday that his country has achieved "a big chunk" of its strategic objectives in Afghanistan.
"By us killing Osama bin Laden, getting al Qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country in Afghanistan so that the Taliban can't take it over," Obama said, "it's now time for us to recognize that we've accomplished a big chunk of our mission and that it's time for Afghans to take more responsibility."
The United States is set to start transferring its more than 100,000 troops out of Afghanistan in July after an almost decade-long war.
WASHINGTON, June 8 (RIA Novosti)
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