Report: McChrystal says US needs new Afghanistan strategy
The top commander in Afghanistan reportedly likens the US military to a bull charging at a matador and getting weaker with each cut.
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If the BBC is correct, the report looks likely to lead to more debate and hand-wringing over the US-led mission in Afghanistan, as Western forces endure their deadliest year to date in the war against the Taliban insurgency.
US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report was being sent to US Central Command (CentCom), according to media reports, and has not been publicly released. The BBC reported on the contents of the message Monday.
In the report, Gen McChrystal is said to have likened the US military to a bull charging at a matador [the Taliban] - slightly weakened with each "cut" it receives....
The general's blunt assessment will also say that the Afghan people are undergoing a crisis of confidence because the war against the Taliban has not made their lives better, our correspondent says.
General McChrystal says the aim should be for Afghan forces to take the lead but their army will not be ready to do that for three years and it will take much longer for the police.
And he will warn that villages have to be taken from the Taliban and held, not merely taken.
According to the BBC, the report does not mention increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan. Under President Obama, US troops in Afghanistan are set to rise to nearly 70,000, even as US forces are drawn down in Iraq. Mr. Obama has said the forces are needed to stabilize Afghanistan, and better train the Afghan police and military to take on the Taliban insurgency.