‘We'll dismantle, disrupt and defeat the extremist network'

WASHINGTON: In an apparent reference to the unearthing of recent terrorist plots in the United States having its footprints in Pakistan, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban continued to plot from the Af-Pak border region.

As such Mr. Obama reiterated his resolve to dismantle, disrupt and defeat the extremist network in the region.

Consequences

“Whether Afghanistan succeeds in this effort will have consequences for the United States and consequences for the entire world… As we've seen in recent plots here in the United States, the Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies continue to plot in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a growing Taliban insurgency could mean an even larger safe haven for the Al-Qaeda and its affiliates,” Mr. Obama said.

At a joint White House press availability with the visiting Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, the U.S. President said: “So today we are reaffirming our shared goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan and to prevent its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future.” — PTI