But he also cautioned that a solution in Afghanistan is far more complicated and may not yield same success. "You have a less governed region, a history of fierce independence among tribes. Those tribes are multiple and sometimes operate at cross purposes, and so figuring all that out is going to be much more of a challenge," Obama said.
American military experts are of the view that the US army would have to figure out which Taliban members might be within the reach of a reconciliation campaign.
Earlier the US officials have criticised the Pakistani government for striking a deal with the local Taliban leaders in the Swat valley, where Sharia the Islamic law has been imposed.