Jan 13, 2011
WASHINGTON – The top US military officer said Wednesday he sees an increase in bloodshed in Afghanistan as allied forces step up their offensive against the Taliban.
“As difficult as it may be to accept, we must prepare ourselves for more violence and more casualties in coming months,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“The violence will be worse in 2011 than it was in 2010 in many parts of Afghanistan.”
Mullen, who met with foreign journalists, said the United States along with 48 coalition partners and the Afghan army made gains against the Taliban in 2010, but added that “we know the gains we have made are tenuous and fragile.”