U.S. General Offers Upbeat Views on Afghan War

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ISTANBUL — The senior commander of American and allied forces in Afghanistan offered a guarded but unexpectedly upbeat assessment of the war effort on Thursday, saying that while the situation remained dangerous it was no longer getting worse.

“I still will tell you that I believe the situation in Afghanistan is serious,” said the commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.

Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/world/asia/05gates.html?ref=world via The New York Times