"Resurgent" Taliban, Al-Qaeda's increasing activities has Obama worried

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Washington, June 27 (ANI): Terming the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region as 'terror safe haven', US President, Barack Obama has expressed concern over the increasing activities of a "resurgent" Taliban.

In a statement issued by the White House here, Obama highlighted that Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have intensified their activities in the ungoverned tribal regions along Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"The Taliban is resurgent and al Qaeda is increasing its attacks from its safe haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border," The Nation quoted Obama, as saying.

Obama, who signed the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 on Friday, said the aid promised in the act would be used to carry out operations to root out Al-Qaeda from the region.

"The funding provided in this Act will ensure that the full force of the US is engaged in an overall effort to defeat al Qaeda and uproot this safe haven," he said.

Obama said the aid would also help countries like Afghanistan and Iran to build a more responsive and transparent governance.

"These funds will assist Afghans and Iraqis in protecting and sustaining their infrastructure and building their capacity for more responsive and transparent governance," said Obama. (ANI)

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