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US has no plans to quit AFPAK operations: White House

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2009 11:00 hrs

The White House has said that it has no plans to quit its operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan inspite of Wednesday's blast in a Peshawar bazaar.

Recent reports had suggested that a rapid increase in attacks on US and NATO forces in Afghanistan might force the Obama administration to leave the country, but the White House said that US troops would stay put.

"The president began the meetings on the assessment with saying we were not leaving Afghanistan. We understand that we have a role to play in ensuring stability in the region, which is why the president is taking his time to get this policy right," The Dawn quoted Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, as saying.

Gibbs also said President Obama will meet US military chiefs on Friday to review military strategy in Afghanistan.

"This is a meeting requested by the president to see the Joint Chiefs and to have a chance to talk to them and to other service branches about the ongoing assessment in Afghanistan and Pakistan," he added.

Earlier, Obama had held a meeting with his top advisers on the region to have a new policy to confront Taliban and Al Qaeda militants threatening the Governments of both countries. It was also attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently in Pakistan on a three-day official visit.

Media reports had speculated that the consultations might lead to the announcement of a timeline for withdrawing US troops from the region. (ANI)

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