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General Petraeus on Strategy in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Defense on July 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

General Petraues

Gen Petraeus, the new top commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, has formally assumed command of  NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on 4 July 2010. He has taken over the command consequent to removal of Gen McChrystal by President Obama.

The new commander of ISAF spelt out under mentioned key aspects of strategy in his speech.

  • Help Afghan leaders in developing their security forces and governing capacity such that they can take over the task of securing Afghanistan and fulfilling the needs of people.
  • Pursue the insurgents relentlessly so that Al Qaeda and terrorists are not allowed to re-establish sanctuary / bases in Afghanistan from where they can launch strikes on Afghan people and other peace loving countries of the world.
  • Begin withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 subject to  ” conditions on the ground”.

Let us all hope that Gen Petraeus will be able to repeat Iraqi success for return of peace in Afghanistan and safe homeward journey of troops in accordance with President Obama’s plan.

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