Gates travels to Afghanistan for war update

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Afghanistan, where he's getting an update on a war that has not gone as well as American commanders have planned.

Gates is seeing American military commanders and Afghan government officials, including the U.S.-backed president, Hamid Karzai.

Gates also will talk with U.S. military leaders about their desire for more U.S. troops and better surveillance technology to hunt insurgents and track roadside bomb networks. Gates was in Baghdad earlier, where the U.S. general credited with lowering violence has gotten a promotion. General David Petraeus will now be in charge of both wars.

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


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