Afghan War 'Tougher Than Iraq': Envoy

'I have never seen anything like the mess we have inherited'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2009 12:26 PM CST
Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke is pictured at the State Department in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The fight to combat terrorism in Afghanistan is “going to be much tougher than Iraq,” President Obama’s envoy to Afghanistan predicted today. “It is going to be a long, difficult struggle,” Richard Holbrooke added while speaking in Munich. The comments come as two US soldiers and two Afghans were killed while trying to disable a bomb, the BBC reports.

Gen. David Petraeus also warned that the Afghan situation was likely to get worse before improving, and Obama’s national security adviser said a plan to double the number of US troops in Afghanistan would not be enough. “It’s the cohesion of the international effort that has to be better put together in order to be successful,” Gen. James Jones said.