West Point, New York (CNN) - President Obama said Tuesday that although the Afghanistan war is not lost, "it has moved backwards" for several years.
Obama outlined his strategy for the war in Afghanistan to an audience at the U.S. Military Academy, one that he says will bring the war "to a successful conclusion."
"There is no imminent threat of the government being overthrown, but the Taliban has gained momentum," Obama said. "Al Qaeda has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same numbers as before 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border.
"And our forces lack the full support they need to effectively train and partner with Afghan Security Forces and better secure the population. ... In short, the status quo is not sustainable."
Obama announced he is deploying 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan "at the fastest pace possible" with a goal of starting to withdraw forces from the country in July 2011. Read more
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