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Updated: December 28, 2009 11:59 IST

9/11 attackers still in Af-Pak region: US officials

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gestures during a daily briefing at the White House in Washington. File Photo: AP
AP White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gestures during a daily briefing at the White House in Washington. File Photo: AP

White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said the Obama administration has re-oriented its focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan, the place were 9/11 attacks originated

Those behind the 9/11 terror strikes are still in the Af-Pak region and planning more attacks against the United States, country's top officials said on Sunday.

White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said the Obama administration has re-oriented its focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan, the place were 9/11 attacks originated.

"We are drawing down in Iraq and focusing on Pakistan and Afghanistan, the place where the attacks of 9/11 originated and where people sit in caves and in houses today planning more attacks on this country," Mr. Gibbs told the NBC channel.

He said the administration has renewed its approach towards addressing the threat coming from Al Qaeda and the Taliban and strengthened its partnerships with a number of countries.

"The President certainly has taken steps in his time in office to re-orient our priorities as it comes to fighting that war on terror," Mr. Gibbs said.

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