US Assures Karzai: No Changes in Afghan War Plan
The US war strategy in Afghanistan will remain the same despite the recent change in leadership, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen has assured. Mullen gave the assurance to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, three days after President Barack Obama relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duties as commanding officer of American forces in the South Asian country.
Mullen’s visit can be interpreted as a way to allay fears of Karzai that McChrystal’s relief could break the momentum of the US- and NATO-led war against the Taliban. Karzai also credits McChrystal for bringing down the number of civilian casualties and helping improve the capabilities of the Afghan forces.
Karzai, though, expressed relief that Gen. David Petraeus would be replacing McChrystal. Petraeus is one of the architects of the war strategy currently in effect in Afghanistan. Karzai said in a statement that Petraeus is capable of handling the Afghan war because the general has a wealth of knowledge about the situation in the country.
McChrystal was replaced after he and his aides criticized in an article in Rolling Stone several White House officials, including Obama, for their management of the Afghan war.