Reuters
July 13, 2009

[efoods]U.S. and allied troops have pushed back Taliban insurgents in a major offensive in Afghanistan but there is still a long way to go, President Barack Obama said on Saturday.

“We knew that this summer was going to be tough fighting … They (the Taliban) have, I think, been pushed back but we still have a long way to go. We’ve got to get through elections,” he said in an interview with Sky News during his visit to Ghana.

He said the United States and its allies would have to evaluate the situation after Afghanistan’s August 20 presidential election to see what more they could do. “It may not be on the military side, it may be on the development side,” he said.

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