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article imageU.S. General Petraeus predicts tough summer coming in Afghanistan

By William Charles Baker     Mar 9, 2011 in World
General David Petraeus the top United States and NATO lead commander in Afghanistan feels that attacks of a sensational nature are possibly on the way and should be expected.
Suicide attacks against innocent civilians and allied forces as the July time approaches for minimal withdrawal of surge forces from Afghanistan are a distinct possibility. Petraeus has stated that minimal harm must come to Afghanistan civilians from the war as well as direct reprisals from the Taliban.
The DigitalJournal reports: “Afghan civilian deaths jumped 15% last year: UN report”
Petraeus voiced his concerns before a trip to Washington D.C. next week where he is to speak on Capitol Hill. The visit will be his first since taking over command in Afghanistan 8 months ago. President Obama ordered a 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan in 2009. The Petraeus trip is seen as a summary of the results of the surge.
The DigitalJournal reports: “NATO, U.S. Commander seeks additional troops in Afghanistan”
Petraeus is expected to say that there has been some progress in combination with NATO forces in taking out weapons in the south and transferring some responsibilities to Afghan authorities. He has not indicated what he will say about the timing or amount of troop reductions.
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