Gen. David Petraeus cautiously endorsed President Barack Obama’s exit plan for the Afghan war today, leaving himself room to recommend changes or delays as he interviewed for the job of commander of the stalemated war.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., said in a statement today that the Rolling Stone magazine comments of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff regarding U.S. civilian leadership "irreparably damaged" his ability to command Afghanistan troops.
“This is a change in personnel but it is not a change in policy,” President Barack Obama said.Indeed, as Obama was speaking, McChrystal released a statement saying that he resigned out of “a desire to see the mission succeed.”
The Afghanistan Council of Ministers strongly condemned the airstrike Sunday in Uruzgan province, calling it "unjustifiable." It said reports indicated that NATO planes fired at a convoy of three vehicles, killing at least 27 people, including four women and a child, and injuring 12 others.
UPDATED 12:25 P.M. Obama promises all-out relief effort in HaitiU.S. officials are laying out a massive military response to the Haiti earthquake, saying that ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit are either on the way or likely to begin moving soon.
n an interview aired this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he believes the troop surge has "changed the way we operate in Afghanistan" and is blunting the Taliban's momentum. But McChrystal added: "It's not a completed mission yet."
The general in charge of the war in Afghanistan is telling Congress that President Barack Obama's new war strategy is achievable and that combat force levels can be reduced starting in the summer of 2011.
Some two dozen countries will send an estimated 7,000 more troops to Afghanistan next year, the chief of NATO said Friday as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told her allied counterparts that an infusion of forces is crucial to turning the tide in the long war.
President Barack Obama will announce his plan to bolster the war in Afghanistan in a speech Tuesday night from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his spokesman said, a surge that military officials say could top 30,000 troops.
UPDATED 12:09 P.M. President Barack Obama rejected the Afghanistan war options before him and asked for revisions, his defense secretary said today, after the U.S. ambassador in Kabul argued that a significant U.S. troop increase would only prop up a weak, corruption-tainted government.
The top military commander in Afghanistan is asking for up to 80,000 more American troops even as he warns that rampant government corruption there may prevent victory against the Taliban and al-Qaida, according to U.S. officials briefed on his conclusions.
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