US commander sees a "slow win" in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key American commander in Afghanistan says U.S.-led forces are achieving a "slow win." But he adds that he hopes President Bush will send more combat troops and other resources to the country by winter.

To illustrate his point, Major General Jeffrey Schloesser pointed to a comment from the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the U.S. effort in Afghanistan is under-resourced because of the situation in Iraq.

Schloesser says a stronger push in Afghanistan must be made. He says that the effort is making progress, but not at a satisfactory rate. And he maintains that the war will take longer to win with current resources.

There are now about 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, compared with about 146,000 in Iraq.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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