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War in Afghanistan is winnable: NATO commander

The commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley A McChrystal, has said that the situation in Afghanistan is quite serious, but the war is winnable.

world Updated: Sep 01, 2009 11:46 IST

The commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley A McChrystal, has said that the situation in Afghanistan is quite serious, but the war is winnable.

General McChrystal, who took over the command of the NATO and US forces in Afghanistan a couple of months ago yesterday said this in his report on his assessment of the situation in Afghanistan.

The report has been submitted to both NATO and US leaders.

"Based on some initial reporting that I've seen of General McChrystal's report, he says the situation is quite
serious but the war is indeed winnable," the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters at a news conference.

Moving through the chain of command in the Pentagon and the Defence Secretary, the report would soon reach the White House, he said.

"What the President is going to want to do is review the report and then discuss and talk with all of those that have
equities in it to get their viewpoints and to ensure that each and every person is heard on this, and that's what the
President intends to do," Gibbs said.