Major Push Is Needed to Save Afghanistan, General Says

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WASHINGTON — The top American commander responsible for Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, said Thursday that the country would require a “sustained, substantial” commitment from the United States and other nations to stop a downward spiral of violence and a resurgence of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Gen. David H. Petraeus in Washington on Thursday. “There has been nothing easy about Afghanistan,” he said.

General Petraeus, who declined to suggest a time frame for that commitment, also said that Iran, which has been the target of United Nations sanctions because of its nuclear program, had common interests with the United States and other nations in a secure Afghanistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/washington/09petraeus.html?_r=1&ref=world

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