Obama Pays Tribute to Soldiers in Afghanistan and Affirms That the War Is Coming to an End
By Dialogo October 12, 2011
On October 7, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the sacrifices of the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan since the start of the war ten years ago, and he affirmed in Washington that the United States will put an end to military operations in that country and in Iraq “responsibly.”
“Ten years ago today, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, our nation went to war against al Qaeda and its Taliban protectors in Afghanistan,” Obama recalled in a statement, evoking a “decade of sacrifice” that has cost the lives of “nearly 1,800 American patriots.”
“Michelle and I join all Americans in saluting the more than half a million men and women who have served bravely in Afghanistan to keep our country safe,” he added.
“After a difficult decade, we are responsibly ending today’s wars (in Afghanistan and Iraq),” the president affirmed.
Obama also affirmed that the United States is “closer than ever to defeating al Qaeda and its murderous network,” after the elimination of its leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos in Pakistan in early May.
“Despite the enormous challenges that remain in Afghanistan, we’ve pushed the Taliban out of its key strongholds, Afghan security forces are growing stronger, and the Afghan people have a new chance to forge their own future,” the president affirmed.