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Obama: U.S., Pakistan Can Find Ways to Improve Cooperation

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We now have the opportunity were not done yet but weve got the opportunity, I think, to finally defeat at least al-Qaida in that border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, he said. That doesnt mean that we will defeat terrorism, it doesnt mean that al-Qaida hasnt metastasized to other parts of the world where weve got to address operatives there. But it does mean weve got a chance to, I think, really deliver a fatal blow to this organization if we follow through aggressively in the months to come.

Obama credited some of the missions success to the boost in troops in Afghanistan to target the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Weve denigrated al-Qaida significantly even before we got bin Laden, and I think its important for everybody to understand that the work thats been done in Afghanistan helped to prepare us for being able to take bin Laden out, he said.

The United States is scheduled to begin drawing down troops from Afghanistan in July, and Obama stood by the timeline.

Its important to understand that our jobs not yet finished and that weve got to make sure that we leave an Afghanistan that can secure itself, that does not again become a safe haven for terrorist activity, he said. But I think that they can be accomplished on the timeline that Ive already set out.

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