Petraeus reporting upbeat view of Afghan fight (AP) – 351th Edition

15 03 2011

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2010 file photo, NATO commander in Afghanistan US Gen. David Petraeus speaks in Berlin, Germany. Petraeus makes his first visit to Washington since taking over the Afghanistan war nine months ago, claiming he's turned back the Taliban and is ready to begin withdrawing American troops. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)AP – Gen. David Petraeus, in his first appearance in Washington since taking over as the top war commander in Afghanistan, is laying out a mostly upbeat assessment of military progress that should allow the United States to begin withdrawing forces this summer, despite predictions that the wounded Taliban insurgency will mount an especially bloody fight this spring.

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