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Sep 21, 2009 10:57 AM by Associated Press

Report: More troops needed for Afghan success

A confidential report from the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says the situation is growing worse and the U.S. war is at risk of failure without more troops on the ground.

In a five-page Commander's Summary, Gen. Stanley McChrystal writes that while the war won't be won exclusively with resources, "under-resourcing could lose it." His 66-page report, sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Aug. 30, is now under review by President Barack Obama. Details of McChrystal's assessment were first reported late yesterday by The Washington Post.

While asserting that more troops are needed, McChrystal also pointed out an "urgent need" to significantly revise strategy. He says the U.S. needs to interact better with the Afghan people and better organize its efforts with NATO allies.

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