General: Stiff Fighting Ahead in Afghanistan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Army general chosen to take over as the top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan is telling his Senate confirmation hearing that success will not come quickly or easily.

Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal predicted that casualties will increase as he leads a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. He stressed the importance of minimizing civilian casualties.

If confirmed, McChrystal would replace Gen. David McKiernan, who was fired May 11 in an unusual wartime shake up. McChrystal's background is in the secretive world of special operations, including a lengthy stint in Iraq leading the military's hunt for high-value terrorist targets. He currently is director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

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