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Thursday
Oct272011

Afghan Leader Extends Invitation to Former US, NATO Commander

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, hasn't been back to that country since he was forced to resign in July 2010 after disparaging comments about the nation's civilian leaders appeared in a Rolling Stone magazine article.

But while President Obama may no longer have use for McChrystal's services, that doesn't mean that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is similarly inclined.

Karzai and McChrystal developed a strong bond during the former general's tenure in Afghanistan and have remained in contact over the past year.  That's why the Afghan leader has invited McChrystal and his spouse to visit him, an invitation that has been accepted.

The trip also seems to have the blessings of the White House, despite past differences, since McChrystal might be able to act as a back channel, given Karzai's often contentious relationship with the U.S.

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Friday
Oct072011

Former Top US General in Afghanistan Criticizes War Effort

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The former commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan has delivered a brutally honest assessment of the progress made, or lack thereof, in the war that began 10 years ago on Friday.

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal told the Council on Foreign Relations Thursday that after a decade, Washington is still struggling to figure out an answer to winning the conflict that began with a "frighteningly simplistic" view of Afghanistan.

Progress has been so difficult that McChrystal believes the coalition is just slightly more than 50 percent to reaching its goals that include forming a viable government that can win the trust of ordinary Afghans and which serve as a strong alternative to the Taliban -- the former rulers driven out of power after the October 2001 invasion who have managed to sustain a strong fighting force despite the overwhelming militay might they face.

According to McChrystal, the problems resulted from "a very superficial understanding of the situation and history, and we had a frighteningly simplistic view of recent history, the last 50 years."

He also complained that attacking Iraq just 18 months after the war began made it more difficult to achieve victory in Afghanistan.

McChrystal oversaw coalition forces from 2009 through the summer of 2010 when he was forced to resign because of remarks published in Rolling Stone magazine that were seen as critical of members of President Obama's national security team.

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