Posted on Feb 5, 2010
While “serious,” the situation in Afghanistan is no longer “deteriorating.” So says Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO forces in the country, pointing to progress in the military effort there. —JCL
Speaking in Istanbul before the anticipated offensive against the Taliban-held town of Marja in southern Helmand, Gen Stanley McChrystal gave a strikingly upbeat assessment of the situation in the country he said last year was in danger of slipping into Islamist hands.
“I still will tell you that I believe the situation in Afghanistan is serious,” said Gen McChrystal, commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan.
“I do not say now that I think it’s deteriorating. I said that last summer and I believe that that was correct. I feel differently now.
“I am not prepared to say that we have turned the corner. So I’m saying that the situation is serious, but I think we have made significant progress in setting conditions in 2009 and beginning some progress, and that we’ll make real progress in 2010.”