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We just want to go home: US commander in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 18:06

Kabul: The top US commander in Afghanistan
said today that NATO and US forces will hand over
responsibility for securing the country to its own security
forces "as rapidly as conditions allow" welcome news for
war-weary American troops trying to hold back insurgents.

"The more the merrier, but it depends on what the mission
will be," said Spc Stephen Ayala from San Antonio, Texas, with
the 425th Field Artillery battalion. "If they come to train
the Afghans, that`s good for us. If they are going to do some
damage, so much the better. But for us, we just want to go

Gen Stanley McChrystal, in a statement issued in Kabul
just before President Barack Obama formally announced he was
sending 30,000 more US troops to the war, said his main focus
will be to develop the capacity of the police and army in
Afghanistan, where the president said the security situation
had deteriorated.

"We will work toward improved security for Afghanistan
and the transfer of responsibility to Afghan security forces
as rapidly as conditions allow," McChrystal said.

"In the meantime, our Afghan partners need the support of
coalition forces while we grow and develop the capacity of the
Afghan army and police. That will be the main focus of our
campaign in the months ahead."


First Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 18:06

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