General Wants Help In Afghanistan Now

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Gen. David McKiernan says it

Italian soldiers with the NATO- forces secure the area after a suicide attack near the city of Herat, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. The suicide attack on Sunday had no casualties except death of the bomber, officials said. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

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The top American military commander in Afghanistan says more troops and other help in fighting a growing insurgency are needed "as quickly as possible."

Gen. David McKiernan says it's not just a question of troops -- but more economic aid and more political aid as well.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, the head of NATO forces in Afghanistan said there has been a significant increase in foreign fighters coming in from from neighboring Pakistan this year. He did say Wednesday he's encouraged by recent Pakistani military operations against insurgents waging cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.

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