Clinton in Afghanistan to refine war aims

July 20, 2010 04:19


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KABUL, Afghanistan - Struggling to overcome growing concern about the course of the war in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she detected a subtle but favorable shift in public opinion in key ally Pakistan as she pressed Afghan leaders on reform and security improvements.

Arriving in Kabul Monday to attend an international conference on Afghanistan after two days of talks in Islamabad, Clinton said she would urge Afghan President Hamid Karzai to follow through with pledges to improve governance and fight corruption. But she stressed that the US and its partners had to police themselves in those areas too.

Aboard her plane from Pakistan, Clinton said US efforts to convince deeply skeptical Pakistanis that American interest in their country extends beyond the fight against Islamist militants appeared to be gaining ground. To boost that shift, she announced a raft of new aid projects worth $500 million in Islamabad.

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