World powers will not abandon Afghans: Obama
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World powers will not abandon Afghans: Obama

New York City : NY : USA | May 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM PDT
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US President Barack Obama says the United States has killed Saudi terror kingpin Osama bin Laden

In his opening remarks at Chicago Summit 2012, United States President Barack Obama said the international community is committed to supporting Afghanistan even after the withdrawal of coalition troops from the violence-wracked country. The United States is planning to withdraw troops from the volatile country at the end of 2014 and the summit was also aimed at devising a viable exit strategy from Afghanistan. How successful the summit remained in achieving its desired goals is yet to be seen. However, the international community appeared to be unanimous over one point during the summit and that was the US should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to avenge killings of innocent people in the twin attacks of 9/11. Intelligence agencies of the US suggested at that time that the attacks were planned, conceived and executed by terrorists based in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden was thought to be the mastermind of these attacks, wherein hundreds of innocent civilians were killed and dozens others received critical injuries.

At the time of invasion, Taliban were in power in Afghanistan. They refused to hand over Osama Bin Laden and other potential terrorists residing in the country at the time to the US for interrogation. So, the US was left with no other option but to attack the country and eliminate the potential terrorists to make the world a safer place. It has been around eleven years since the US and NATO troops attacked militants in Afghanistan.

The Obama administration is cashing in on the killing of Osama Bin Laden for the reelection of the president. However, a number of analysts based here in the United States believe that the killing of the terror kingpin in Pakistan will have no significant effect on the election campaign. They believe the electorates are more interested in pulling back the troops from the volatile country and end the prolonged war against terrorists. For the purpose, around 60 world leaders gathered in Chicago to discuss the end game in Afghanistan, as they all are stakeholders in the war against Taliban and militants linked to al-Qaeda and other terrorist outfits.

France, one of the NATO members, has already announced to pull out the troops at the end of 2012. Other NATO countries can also follow the suit and push the US for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan, as citizens of these countries are piling up pressure on their respective governments to pull out from the inconclusive war.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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