Gates meets with generals in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates is getting a firsthand look at what has gone wrong in Afghanistan.

Gates is meeting with U.S. military commanders and Afghan officials to find ways to combat a growing Taliban insurgency that has already claimed more U.S. military lives than in all of 2007.

The secretary is in Kabul after seeing off General David Petraeus, who has left his command in Iraq to take over Central Command, which oversees the U.S military in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Petraeus' strategy in Iraq is generally credited with having brought that country back from the brink of civil war.

U.S. and NATO commanders in Afghanistan are calling for more reinforcements to offset the Taliban.

Gates says more funding is needed to pay for better surveillance technology and equipment to hunt the insurgents in Afghanistan.

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

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