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NATO commander warns of failure in Afghanistan

In a confidential assessment of the war in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in the country, says that without the deployment of additional forces and the implementation of a new counterinsurgency strategy, the conflict “will likely result in failure.” According to McChrystal: “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months)—while Afghan security capacity matures—risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.” McChrystal’s report was delivered to Defence Secretary Robert Gates last month and is being reviewed by President Barack Obama. The Washington Post has obtained a copy.

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