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Petraeus backs call for extra troops in Afghanistan

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Petraeus backs call for extra troops in Afghanistan


America’s most senior military commanders have backed an assessment that more troops are needed in Afghanistan.

Washington remains cautious on any move, but General David Petraeus, the head of US central command, said he supported a recommendation by the US’s top commander in Afghanistan for additional forces. ‘‘Obviously I endorsed, the Chairman endorsed, those have not been leaked I don’t think, General McChrystal’s assessment and description. To be candid, It’s not something I feel that we could share here today,’‘ Petraeus said.

Leaked on Monday by the Washington Post, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan gave a bleak assessment of the war.

General Stanley McChrystal, who authored the confidential war report, warned of the possibility of failure if adequate resources were not sent. McChrystal has rejected any suggestion that his findings have driven a wedge between the military and the Obama administration, insisting, ‘a policy debate is warranted.’

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