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Top US military man addresses Congress


As President Obama defended America’s Afghan strategy in Oslo, the US’ top soldier in Afghanistan followed a similar theme before Congress.

At a committee hearing General Stanley McChrystal spoke about how the decision to send an extra 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was reached.

‘‘I participated fully in the president’s assessment and decision making process and was afforded multiple opportunities to provide my recommendations and best military advice, which I did. Combined with insights and policy considerations from across our government I believe the decisions that came from that process reflect a realistic and effective approach,’‘ McChrystal said.

The surge in troops is aimed at reversing the momentum of Taliban militants, allowing for gradual US withdrawal.

In the Afghan capital Kabul, however, some 200 protesters called for war crimes trials and an end to the US lead mission.

‘‘We want an end to the NATO and American operation in Afghanistan, and want trials of those who have killed innocent Afghans in the strikes,’‘ one demonstrator said.

The rally also urged NATO to prevent strikes on civilian homes and demanded Afghanistan’s government identify all officials involved in war crimes.

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