Top General: 'We Will Win' in Afghanistan

McKiernan aims to defuse concerns about region
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 13, 2008 9:15 AM CDT
US Gen. David McKiernan, left, speaks during a joint press conference with Afghan deputy defense minister Gen. Mohammad Akram, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008.    (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – As concerns mount about the situation in Afghanistan, the top US commander there asserted that America and its allies are winning against the Taliban, the New York Times reports. There have been “too many” reports suggesting the contrary, and “I absolutely reject that idea, I don’t believe it,” Gen. David McKiernan noted yesterday. He observed that there were obstacles to surmount, “but we will win.”

The general’s words came hours after NATO troops overturned a Taliban offensive in a provincial capital. NATO forces killed 62 militants, said a local governor’s spokesman. In another showdown that ended Saturday, 40 Taliban were killed, the spokesman said. But the Taliban continue to prove themselves formidable, repeatedly mustering large forces for attacks in many areas of the country.