Key US panel confirms Petraeus as Afghan war general
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 15:43
Washington: A key Senate committee has confirmed General David Petraeus as the new US and NATO Commander in Afghanistan after a hearing marked by bickering over the July, 2011 troop withdrawal deadline.

The Senate Armed Services Committee, where he was testified yesterday, confirmed his nomination by a voice vote.

His nomination now goes to the full Senate for confirmation.

Petraeus was nominated for this position by US President Barack Obama, last week, after he accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal.

He resigned after the appearance of an interview of which in which he was highly critical of the top officials of Obama Administration.

During his hearing, Petraeus reminded the Senate Armed Services Committee that the president has said the plan to bring some troops back next year does not put the US commitment to Afghanistan under question.

He said the US commitment to Afghanistan is "enduring," and that it will be years before the Afghan security forces can fully take over.

"My sense is that the tough fighting will continue; indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months," Petraeus said.

Republican Senator John McCain said the July 2011 deadline for beginning the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is "unrealistic" and "harmful".

McCain said the people of Afghanistan will be far less willing to support the administration when they know that the forces will withdraw early.


First Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 15:43

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