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In this speech, President Obama says the situation in Afghanistan has become "increasingly perilous" and warns that Afghanistan cannot be allowed to come under control of the Taliban or al-Qaida. He plans an influx of 4,000 troops plus a civilian corps in order to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: GOOD EVENING. BEFORE I TAKE QUESTIONS FROM THE CORRESPONDENTS I WANT TO GIVE EVERYONE AN UPDATE ON THE STEPS WE'RE TALKING TO MOVE FROM RECESSION TO RECOVERY AND ULTIMATELY TO PROSPERITY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THIS CRISIS DIDN'T ...