Military victory impossible in Afghanistan: U.S. General Craddock

Politics Materials 14 January 2009 12:29 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul, January. 14/ Trend , A. Hakimi/  

NATO's top commander U.S. General John Craddock said a military victory is impossible in Afghanistan. The army can only help to secure the situation in the country, he added.

In his speech in the U.S. Senate Monday Senator Arlen Specter said Craddock told him the war could not be won at a meeting in Brussels,  Pajwaknews reported.

"Craddock said there cannot be a military victory in Afghanistan but the military can be successful in securing the situation," Specter said.

Specter added that Craddock said the Afghan government will up its efforts to handle the situation. He added that resolving the situation in Afghanistan would require much more time and substantial NATO forces.

Craddock confirmed reports that militants are moving between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He noted that Pakistan may pull its resources from the volatile Western border to engage India in the east if tensions increase between the two countries.

Craddock said Pakistan needs 50,000-100,000 additional troops on their western border to engage their enemies in the region.

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