Karzai: Obama promises to fight terror in 'region'

US President-elect Barack Obama pledged in a telephone conversation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and the region - an apparent reference to Pakistan - would be a top priority during his administration, Karzai's office said Sunday. The phone call between Obama and Karzai on Saturday is the first reported contact between the two leaders and comes more than two weeks after the Nov. 4 US election. The United States has some 32,000 American forces in Afghanistan, a number that will be increased by thousands more next year. Fighting terrorism and the insurgency "in Afghanistan, the region and the world is a top priority," Karzai's office quoted Obama as saying during the conversation.