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20 October 2017 18:18 (South Africa)

McChrystal admits there are ‘no silver bullets’ for Afghan ‘win’

General Stanley McChrystal, US commander in Afghanistan, told the US House of Representatives’ armed services committee there were "no silver bullets" for success in the region. However, he expected to know within a year if the surge in troop numbers was  reversing the Taliban’s momentum. There was a rush of togetherness as both McChrystal and ambassador Karl Eikenberry, appearing together, said they supported the Obama surge-and-exit plan for Afghanistan. Eikenberry had earlier written to Washington expressing serious misgivings about troop increases. Democratic members expressed concerns about the level of this commitment, while Republican members worried that Obama was “under-resourcing his own strategy”. For more, read the AP

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