Taliban's Momentum Has Been Broken: Obama
US President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that the Taliban's momentum has been broken and remaining al-Qaeda operatives are scrambling to escape the US's reach.
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He said a focused approach and the end of war in Iraq allowed the US to make "decisive blows" against extremist organisations.
"From this position of strength, we have begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan. 10,000 of our troops have come home. 23,000 more will leave by the end of this summer," the President said in this speech to Congress on Tuesday. "This transition to Afghan lead will continue, and we will build an enduring partnership with Afghanistan, so that it is never again a source of attacks against America."
"For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama Bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al-Qaeda's top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban's momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home," he added.
The US has around 90,000 troops in Afghanistan, fighting insurgents. A total of 1,886 soldiers have lost their lives fighting in the decade-long war.
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