'Tide of war receding': Barack Obama

United States President Barack Obama

Progress is being made in ending conflicts around the world, according to United States President Barack Obama.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, President Obama said that pursuing peace in an imperfect world is at the heart of the United Nations.

He said that although the world body has averted a third World War, there are still conflicts and poverty around the world.

However, President Obama added, some of these conflicts, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being resolved.

"So let there be no doubt: the tide of war is receding. When I took office, roughly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year, that number will be cut in half, and it will continue to decline. This is critical for the sovereignty of Iraq and Afghanistan and to the strength of the United States as we build our nation at home."

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