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Obama plans to increase pressure in Middle East

Obama declared Friday that he plans to send 4,000 more military troops to Afghanistan and increase aid to Pakistan in order to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the terrorist al-Qaida network in both countries.

In his announcement, Obama warned that iintelligence estimates that al Qaeda “is actively planning attacks on the U.S. homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan.”

According to The Chicago Tribune, Obama called the situation "increasingly perilous."

Obama's approach replicates that of one taken over two years ago. The 4,000 military troops will be added to the 17,000 he had already sent shortly after taking office.

In a report by The New York Times, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said the president’s plan “is wisely centered on dismantling al-Qaeda and denying safe havens in both Afghanistan and Pakistan to those who would attack the United States.”

There are currently around 65,000 international troops stationed in Afghanista. Reports led that over half of those may be American.