President Obama said that al Qaeda and the Taliban are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He stated that the "situation is increasingly perilous.” The President said earlier this month that he will be sending 17,000 troops to fight the war in Afghanistan.
He said today, that he will send another 4,000 troops along with civilian specialists. They will have the job of training and building the Afghan Army. With this, he also said that he is changing the 'emphasis of our mission.'
The US will also work with the UN to gain international 'action and assistance' to help Afghan institutions. He urged congress to pass a $1.5 billion bill to support the Pakistani people over the next five years to build 'schools, roads, and hospital