U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington D.C. Oct 13, 2009.
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the United States' principal goal in Afghanistan remains to "root out" al-Qaeda and its extremist allies, and that he would make a decision on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan in "the coming weeks."
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"We are going through a very deliberate process ... That's what we're doing not just on the military side, but also on the civilian side," said the president after meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in the White House.
"Our principal goal remains to root out al-Qaida and its extremist allies," said Obama, adding that the United States is concerned about the stability not only in Afghanistan, but also in Pakistan.