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Not US responsibility to make Afghanistan perfect place, says Barack Obama

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 11:45am IST | Place: Washington | Agency: Reuters
  • obama-afghanistan-troops-statement-white-house US President Barack Obama delivers an announcement on the number of US troops that will remain in Afghanistan after the formal troop drawdown at the end of this year, in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, US, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Reuters

United States President Barack Obama said on Wednesday in announcing a plan to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan in 2015 that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place and it is not up to the US to make it one.

Anticipating criticism of his decision for a near-total US pullout at the end of 2016, Obama said Afghanistan security forces have shown they are capable of defending their country.

"We have to recognize that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place and it is not America's responsibility to make it one," Obama said in the White House Rose Garden.




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