New York (AP) - President Barack Obama says U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan ``until the job is done.''
The president made the comment in an interview Friday with BBC Persian television, which reaches Persian-speaking audiences in Afghanistan, Iran and elsewhere.
As he has in the past, Obama emphasized that a July 2011 date to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan does not mean the end of America's commitment to that country.
Obama said that the job in Afghanistan is “to provide Afghans themselves the capacity to secure their own country.''
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