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Protestors unite against Obama's troop escalation annoncemet

defeated and Pakistan remains stable."

Kim Panaro, a member of Bethlehem Neighbor's for Peace, said although there are threats present, "diplomacy and economic support," and the withdrawal of troops are a better solution than escalation.

"You can't convince me we are killing them for their own good," she said. "I'm out here because there is no way that this slaughter of Afghanis is going to happen under my name."

Obama spoke with Pakistani President Asif Zardari, according to information from the White House. Obama acknowledged the sacrifices of the Pakistani government and highlighted the importance of neutralizing al Qaeda. The pair agreed that a close partnership between Pakistan and the U.S. is pivotal, Obama promised to assist Pakistan against extremists, according to information from the president's office.

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