Obama Meets With Middle East Leaders

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President Obama hosted a White House meeting with the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan Wednesday.

The talks come as Islamic militant forces grow bolder in both countries. The president wants Pakistan to fully commit to fighting the Talban insurgents as a U.S. Ally. Obama was expected to press Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardai to step up the Pakistan military's operations against the Taliban.

Click the player to watch analysis from CBN News Terror Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

A key reason the president ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan is because of the Taliban offensive from bases shared with al-Qaeda on the Pakistani frontier.

At the start of the meetings, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized publicly for a U.S. bombing strike that the Afghans claimed killed dozens of civilians.

"Any loss of innocent life is particularly painful," Clinton said.

Obama was also expected to ask Afghan President Hamid Karzai to coordinate operations with Pakistani and U.S. military forces as American forces expand their presence in the region under Obama's revised war plan strategy.

Obama and members of the president's foreign policy and national security teams met separately and then together with the two leaders.

Source:  The Associated Press

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