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Friday, July 17, 2009

Seven and half years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, a top US military commander says he has no idea how long it will take for security to improve in Afghanistan.

“I don’t know how long. I know that it’s gotten progressively worse over the last three, three-and-a-half years, since 2006, and the Taliban has gotten much better,” Adm Michael Mullen said in an interview with the BBC at the Bagram airbase in north of Kabul.

However, Mullen said that a recent increase in troops number would be helpful in retaking back some of Taliban-held territories.


“Taliban were much more violent, much more organized, and so there’s going to be fighting that is associated with this.”

US-led forces have lost several grounds to the insugents in the troubled sourthern and eastern provinces in recent months.

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However, Mullen conceeded that it can take several years for the US-led forces to defeat the Taliban linked militants across the war-ravaged Afghanistan.

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