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WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Violence will likely increase in Afghanistan as the United States starts to send 30,000 more troops there, a senior U.S. military leader warned Wednesday.
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command who oversees both wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, predicted increased violence in Afghanistan next spring and incoming turmoil within the Afghan government.
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In addition to increased violence in the spring, the troop surge will also be met with a rise in "security incidents" next summer, he said.
Thus, any complete evaluations of the surge's progress should be held off until December 2010, said the general.
Nevertheless, he said U.S. success in Afghanistan is within reach but will be difficult to attain.
Petraeus' testimony was the latest by top U.S. officials on Capitol Hill after U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 1to deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and to start pulling U.S. forces out of there in July 2011.
Stanley McChrystal, top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry testified before the Senate and House the Armed Services Committees on Tuesday.
Eikenberry and Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary of State also testified on Wednesday.
Obama delivered a prime-time speech to the nation on Dec. 1, laying out a strategy which calls for sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and starting pulling out U.S. forces in July 2011.
However, public attitude towards the strategy is divided as U.S. war casualties and costs of the Afghan war keeps piling up.
KABUL, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghan troops seized a huge weapon cache containing variety of arms and ammunition during an ongoing operation against Taliban militants in Helmand province, a press release of the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Full story
KABUL, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- President Barack Obama in a revamp strategy unveiled last Wednesday announced deploying additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in an effort to ensure durable peace in the militancy-ridden nation.
With the new reinforcement the strength of U.S. and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan would reach to over 130,000, while already more than 100,000 NATO-led troops with 68,000 of them Americans are stationed in the post-Taliban country fighting insurgency. Full story
WEST POINT, United States, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his new Afghanistan strategy Tuesday night, saying he will deploy another 30,000 soldiers to the war-weary country mainly in the first half of 2010. Full story
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Both troops number and drawdown date in U.S. President Barack Obama's Afghan decision have certain flexibility, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Thursday. Full story
KABUL, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan National Army (ANA) and U.S. Marines on Friday launched the ever-baggiest offensive after the announcement of a new strategy by the U.S. administration, a statement of the Defense Ministry issued here Saturday said. Full story
KABUL, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The government of Afghanistan welcomed Washington's new strategy for the post-Taliban country announced by U.S. President Barack Obama, a press release issued by President Hamid Karzai's office said on Wednesday.
"The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes the new strategy of Untied States for Afghanistan and hopes that enhancing troops would help strengthen peace, security and protect the lives of people," the press release added. Full story