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US: Leak warns of Afghan failure

The top US commander in Afghanistan has warned coalition forces could fail to defeat the Taliban in a leaked report.

Army General Stanley McChrystal said in a confidential assessment that without additional forces and a new strategy, the mission “will likely result in failure”.

The assessment is contained in a 66-page document, an unclassified version of which was obtained by US newspaper The Washington Post.

General McChrystal painted a grim picture of the war, saying “the overall situation is deteriorating”.

He called for a “revolutionary” shift in strategy with as much emphasis on gaining the support of Afghans as on killing insurgents.

The general wrote: “Our objective must be the population. The objective is the will of the people. Our conventional warfare culture is part of the problem. The Afghans must ultimately defeat the insurgency.”

He also strongly criticised the Afghan government as having lost the faith of the country’s people.

Source: ITN News

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