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Obama: No permanent US presence in Afghanistan

CAIRO - President Barack Obama says the United States hasno intention of keeping its troops in Afghanistan and America seeksno permanent military bases there.

Photos: Barack Obama in the Middle East

Obama calls it costly and politically difficult to continue theconflict. But he says there still are violent extremists inAfghanistan and Pakistan who are determined to kill Americans.Obama is stressing that the U.S. will not weaken its commitment torooting out terrorists. But he says military might must be pairedwith diplomatic efforts.

Obama also discussed Iraq in his speech to Muslims, saying thatthe United States learned from that war that America needs to usediplomacy and build international consensus to resolve problemswhenever possible.


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