Despite a particularly deadly day for foreign forces in Afghanistan, the US and NATO commander there says the tide is turning against the Taliban.
Five members of the NATO-led military force were killed in violence on Monday. But General Stanley McChrystal says a troop build-up is paying off.
“I believe that we have changed the way we operate in Afghanistan,” he told US television.
“We changed some of our structures and I believe we are on the way to convincing the Afghan people that we are here to protect them.”
A new national opinion poll indicates most Afghans are confident about their country’s future. But General McChrystal is warning the mission is not over yet: