The 7,000 additional troops that 25 NATO countries have committed to the conflict help the Obama administration make the case that the Afghanistan war is an international effort.
In his speech, Obama was careful to include Pakistan's borderlands with Afghanistan in his most dire warnings. His new strategy for Afghanistan also means a ratcheting up of resources for – and pressures on – Pakistan.
The spate of attacks by the Taliban in Pakistan is likely to factor into President Obama's ongoing review of Afghanistan policy. The attacks highlight the regional nature of the Taliban insurgency.
American lawmakers say they haven't been briefed on plans, as some in Pakistan describe the administration as 'confused.'
Obama's order to send 17,000 more troops comes before US has set a clear strategy.
The president focuses on Al Qaeda and on repairing America’s image in the Muslim world.
Barack Obama says resolving the Indian-Pakistani dispute over Kashmir will be a goal of his presidency, ending eight years of silence on the issue.
He's emphasized personal relationships with leaders such as Putin and Musharraf.
But the pact, which some dub a 'sweetheart deal,' may not pass the US Congress in time.