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Afghan government backs McChrystal to keep job

The Kabul government got behind US General Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday, hoping he keeps his job despite the furore over an interview in which he criticised top American officials.



Kabul: The Kabul government got behind US
General Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday, hoping he keeps his job
despite the furore over an interview in which he criticised
top American officials.

Defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi
said there had been great improvements since McChrystal took
command of NATO`s International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) last year.
"Since General McChrystal has arrived in Afghanistan as
ISAF commander there have been enormous changes in different
areas and these changes have been very important and
positive," Azimi told a news conference.

"For instance, civilian deaths have decreased and we are
still working together with General McChrystal to further
reduce this," he said.

McChrystal has been summoned to the White House for a
dramatic meeting to explain himself today amid speculation
that the general may lose his job for disparaging remarks he
made in the magazine interview.

US President Barack Obama has said the four-star officer
showed "poor judgement" and left open the possibility he would
fire the commander.

But Azimi said coordination between Afghan and NATO
troops has improved, and that the general`s counter-insurgency
strategy had opened the door to reconstruction, development
and governance efforts.

"These are the things that we didn`t have with other NATO
commanders in the past," Azimi said.
Asked whether Kabul had asked the White House not to fire
McChrystal, Azimi said, "It is totally up to them, but this is
the will of the Afghan people."

Yesterday, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai
said Karzai considered McChrystal the "best commander" of
international forces during the nearly nine-year war in the
country.

PTI

From Zee News

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