Obama: progress and challenge in Afghanistan
December 16th, 2010
05:40 PM ET

Obama: progress and challenge in Afghanistan

By CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) -President Barack Obama asserted Thursday that the United States is making significant progress in the nine-year war in Afghanistan, but warned that the conflict "continues to be a very difficult endeavor."

We are "on track to achieve our goals" of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and eroding "its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future," he said. The gains, however, are fragile.

The president noted, among other things, that there has been a "successful increase" in the recruitment and training of Afghan forces due partly to the July 2011 deadline set by the administration to start withdrawing the U.S. military.

A "sense of urgency" is galvanizing other allies as well, he claimed.
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Snowy White House
December 16th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Snowy White House

It's beginning to look like a Winter Wonderland over here at the White House. Just in time for a busy morning when POTUS, VPOTUS, Sec. Gates and Sec. Clinton will be here to update reporters on the Af-Pak strategy.


Topics: The Visuals • White House
December 16th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Obama touts Native American Communities

By CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Efforts to strengthen Native American communities and improve their relationships with the federal government have already borne
fruit, President Barack Obama told a group of leaders from more than 500 federally recognized tribes Thursday.

"We're making progress," Obama said at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the second of his administration. "We're moving forward. What I hope is, we're seeing a turning point in the relationship between our nations."

He said he wants to hear more from tribes about how that can be done, whether it's through supporting education and health care on reservations, combating crime or job creation, "and that's why we're here today."
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POTUS's schedule for Thursday, December 16, 2010
December 16th, 2010
07:07 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday, December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON (CNN)– The White House releases the much-anticipated annual review of US strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan this morning. President Obama will make a statement about the Af-Pak┬áreview at 11:45a in the Briefing Room. Vice President Biden will also attend.

Earlier in the morning, President Obama travels over to the Department of the Interior for the White House Tribal Nations Conference where he will make remarks.

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