Obama's Afghan visit to bolster war on militants (3)

21:55, March 29, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with troops at Bagram Air Base in Kabul, March 28, 2010. Obama arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Sunday, his first visit to the war zone that could define his presidency since his election as U.S. commander-in-chief. Air Force One landed in darkness at Bagram airfield north of the Afghan capital, and Obama was whisked by helicopter to Hamid Karzai's palace in Kabul, where he was greeted by the Afghan president and a band playing the U.S. national anthem. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

"The Afghan government needs to tackle corruption and run the country better, to counter support for the Taliban," Obama emphasized, according to media reports.

Giving importance to Obama's remarks, a political analyst and researcher Haroon Mir said that the U.S. is serious in accomplishing the mission set in Afghanistan.

The mission that prompted the U.S. and the allied nations to step into Afghanistan in late 2001 is to annihilate Taliban and al- Qaida nexus, destroy them, guarantee the U.S. and the allied nations' security and ensure viable peace and progress in Afghanistan.

However, the hard-die Taliban militants who term U.S.-led coalition force as the occupying one have refused to sit at the negotiating table.

The U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates also said days ago that time is not ripe to negotiate with Taliban and instead he stressed for more military pressure.

Seen in this background, inflexibility and war-mongering policy by either side would slim the chance of negotiated settlement in Afghanistan where ending war and living in peace is the prime desire of its citizens.


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