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NATO General Says Afghan Fighters Close to Defeat

The U.S.-led war on diehard Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan is almost over and three-quarters of the country is stable and secure, NATO’s top soldier said Tuesday. U.S. Gen. James Jones, the defense alliance’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said there were still serious problems of feuding warlords and drug-trafficking, and the government was struggling to impose its control beyond Kabul. “But we should be clear about the fact that the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban as fighters is virtually, almost complete,” he said in testimony to a Belgian Senate committee. “If you were to color code Afghanistan today…green meaning secure and stable, yellow meaning somewhat dangerous and red meaning very dangerous, three-quarters of the entire country would be green by any evaluation today.” Full Story

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