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The U.S. in need of a resounding victory after Afghanistan defeat ...

House Hearing, 112 Congress - March 16, 2011

STATEMENT OF GEN. DAVID H. PETRAEUS, USA, COMMANDER, INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE AND U.S. FORCES-AFGHANISTAN

The achievements of the past year are also very important as I prepare to provide options and a recommendation to President Obama for commencement of the drawdown of the U.S. surge forces in July.

Of note as well, the progress achieved has put us on the right azimuth to accomplish the objectives agreed upon at last November's Lisbon summit, specifically that of Afghan forces in the lead throughout the country by the end of 2014.

The achievements of 2010 and early 2011 have been enabled by a determined effort to get the inputs right in Afghanistan. With the strong support of the United States and the 47 other troop-contributing countries, ISAF has focused enormous attention and resources over the past 2 years on building the organizations needed to conduct a comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency campaign, on staffing those organizations properly, on developing in close coordination with our Afghan partners the requisite concepts and plans, and above all on deploying the additional forces, civilians and funding needed.

Indeed, more than 87,000 additional NATO-ISAF troopers and 1,000 additional civilians have been added to the effort in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2009. And Afghanistan security forces have grown by over 122,000 in that time as well.



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