WASHINGTON Declaring that the United States has strengthened partnerships with its anti-terrorism allies, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cited his administrations effective fight against al-Qaeda militants but said nothing specific about close ally Pakistan. Although Obama took note of partnerships in Asia, his first State of the Union address made no mention of Pakistan, a US ally in the war on terror. There was also no reference to India-Pakistan relations and their impact on regional stability. The contentious Middle East conflict was another major omission in the speech. We have prohibited torture and strengthened partnerships from the Pacific to South Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. And in the last year, hundreds of al Qaedas fighters and affiliates, including many senior leaders, have been captured or killed - far more than in 2008, he told American lawmakers in his first State of the Union address. Obamas address focused largely on economic recovery initiatives that his administration is pursuing but he also touched on foreign policy challenges including the fight against terrorism, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the nuclear issue with reference to efforts to reverse the spread of (nuclear) weapons and consequences for North Korea and Iran for pursuing their nuclear programmes. In Afghanistan, he said the US and its allies are increasing troops and training Afghan security forces so they can begin to take the lead in July of 2011, and our troops can begin to come home. We will reward good governance, reduce corruption, and support the rights of all Afghans - men and women alike. We are joined by allies and partners who have increased their own commitment, and who will come together tomorrow in London to reaffirm our common purpose. There will be difficult days ahead. But I am confident we will succeed, he added. On steps towards improving American security against the threat of terrorism, Obama said his administration has made substantial investments in the homeland security and disrupted plots that threatened to take American lives. We are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed Christmas attack, with better airline security, and swifter action on our intelligence. Turning to Iraq war, he said, the US is responsibly leaving Iraq to its people. As a candidate, I promised that I would end this war, and that is what I am doing as President. We will have all of our combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this August. We will support the Iraqi government as they hold elections, and continue to partner with the Iraqi people to promote regional peace and prosperity. But make no mistake: this war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home. Even as the United States prosecutes two wars, it is also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people - the threat of nuclear weapons. I have embraced the vision of John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons, and seeks a world without them. To reduce our stockpiles and launchers, while ensuring our deterrent, the United States and Russia are completing negotiations on the farthest-reaching arms control treaty in nearly two decades. At Aprils Nuclear Security Summit, we will bring forty-four nations together behind a clear goal: securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists. Obama said these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened Americas hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of these weapons. That is why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions - sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. That is why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated. And as Irans leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: they, too, will face growing consequences. Washington, he said, is working through the G-20 to sustain a lasting global recovery. We are working with Muslim communities around the world to promote science, education and innovation. We have gone from a bystander to a leader in the fight against climate change. We are helping developing countries to feed themselves, and continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS. And we are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bio-terrorism or an infectious disease - a plan that will counter threats at home, and strengthen public health abroad.