American Diplomacy in Afghanistan, Syria

President Obama outlines end to Afghan war, closing Guantanamo Bay prison and eliminating chemical weapons in Syria.
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The night because -- extraordinary troops and civilians who risk -- lay down their lives to keep us free. The United States is more secure. -- I took office nearly a 180000. Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today all our troops are out of Iraq. More than 60000. Of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan. -- Afghan forces now on the leave for the -- security our troops have moved to a support role. Together with our allies we will complete our mission -- by the end of this year. And America's longest war will finally be over. After -- fourteen. We will support they unified Afghanistan is it takes responsibility for its own future. If the Afghan government signs a security agreement that we have negotiated. A small force of Americans could remain in Afghanistan we have NATO allies to carry out too -- missions. Training and assisting Afghan forces. And counterterrorism operations to pursue any remnants of -- cut. For while our relationship -- Afghanistan won't change. One thing that will not. Our resolve the terrorists do not launch attacks against our country. The factors. That danger remains. -- we put Al qaeda's core leadership on a path to defeat the threat as the ball. As al-Qaeda affiliates and other extremist take root in different parts of the world. In Yemen Somalia. Iraq. Molly. We have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable those networks. In Syria will support the opposition that rejects the agenda. Of terrorist networks. Here at home. We'll keep strengthening our defenses. In combat new threats like cyber attacks. And as we -- -- defense budget we will have to keep faith with our men and women in uniform and invest. And the capabilities. They need to succeed in future missions. We have to remain vigilant. But I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend. On our outstanding military alone. As commander in chief I have used force when needed to protect the American people. Now we'll never hesitate to do so as long as I hold this office. But I will not send our troops in -- harm's way unless it is truly necessary. Nor will -- allow our sons and daughters to be mired in open ended complex. We must fight the battles that need to be -- Not those the terrorists prefer for months large scale deployments the drain our strength. And may ultimately feed extremism. So even as we -- actively and aggressively pursue terrorist networks. Two more targeted efforts and by building the capacity of our foreign partners. America must move off a permanent war footing. That's why I've imposed approval limits on the use of drones. For we will not be safer. If people abroad believe we strike within their countries without regard for the consequences. That's -- are working -- this congress I will reform our surveillance programs because. The vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence here and abroad. The privacy. Of ordinary people is not being violated. Within Afghan war ending. This needs to -- -- the year congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detaining transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Because we. Counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military actions but -- -- into broad constitutional ideals. And setting an example for the -- Is seen. In a world of complex threats to our security. Our leadership. Depends on all elements of our power. Including strong and principled diplomacy. American -- Syria has rallied more than fifty countries to prevent nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands. And allowed us to reduce our -- reliance on Cold War stockpiles. American -- certain. Backed by the threat of force is why Syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated. We will continue to work with the international community to usher in the future of the Syrian people deserve. A future free of dictatorship. Terror. And fear. As we speak. American diplomacy is supported Israelis and Palestinians. As they engaged in the difficult but necessary talks to end the conflict there. To achieve dignity. In an independent state for Palestinians. And lasting peace and security for the State of Israel a Jewish state that knows America will always be -- their site.

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