US could not defeat Afghan Taliban, admits President Obama
WASHINGTON: U.S media has reported that President Barack Obama admitted in an address on Tuesday that the United States could not wipe out the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan, but could help it end years of instability by supporting the government in Kabul.
"I don't want to paint too rosy a picture. The situation in Afghanistan is still tough. War has been a part of life in Afghanistan for over 30 years. The U.S cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence in that country," Obama said before U.S soldiers at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
"But what we can do is deny al-Qaeda a safe haven and what we can do is support the Afghans who want a better future, which is why we ave not only worked with our military but we backed a unity government in Kabul," he added.