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Nov 18, 2009 12:43 PM by Associated Press

Obama wants path to ending war in Afghanistan

According to President Barack Obama, the goal of his upcoming strategy in Afghanistan will be to "put us on a path towards ending the war."

And he says he has no intention of passing the conflict on to the next president. In interviews before leaving China today, Obama declined to say that he trusts Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is set to be inaugurated for another term tomorrow.

Obama praises Karzai for holding his country together, but he adds that the Afghan president has "weaknesses" as well as "strengths." He says he's more concerned that the Afghan government is "having difficulty providing basic services to its people."

Obama is expected soon to announce that he'll send thousands more troops into Afghanistan to stabilize the security situation there. In a series of TV interviews, he said his announcement will come by year's end.

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