June 10th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

McChrystal: Anti-Taliban ops will take longer than expected

[Update: 11:35 a.m. ET] American-led operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan will happen "more slowly than we had originally anticipated," the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan told reporters Thursday. "I think it will take a number of months for this to play out. But I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. I think it's more important that we get it right than we get it fast," Gen. Stanley McChrystal said on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Read the full story

BRUSSELS, Belgium — American casualties in Afghanistan are likely to continue to rise, particularly through the summer, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan told reporters Thursday.

"It's likely that our casualties and violence will continue to rise particularly through the summer months. They could rise well into the fall," Gen. Stanley McChrystal said on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium. "We are pressuring the enemy and they are reacting to that," he said.

At least 18 American troops have been killed in Afghanistan in the past week, along with eight coalition troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and France, according to CNN records.

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  1. dindy Sri lanka

    darkness in the country is too much and only few people can understand the light. yet it will be enough to vanish the darkness. lets hope for the best steve .

    August 31, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    Afghans will sell their mothers for the right price. There is no winning hearts and minds. Just put something in the kitty. They will tell you all damn day that they are your friend, and want you there if you are buyin.' Don't get me wrong, if you build schools, and let girls get an education, they will appreciate it, but you might as well finish the job and provide them exile in the US so they can actually use it for something. Otherwise, we will leave, and they will be pregnant at 14.

    June 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    As a 23yr. Ret. Army Viet Nam Vet. I continue to be amazed at how uninformed or just plain stupid people can be. YES, for me this is another Viet Nam, just a different location. It is purely a political war, no clear objective, people back home yelling to get out, our military handcuffed on completing their mission. Another war, conflict, whatever you want to call it that is not going to be won! Not because our military couldn't win it if they were allowed to do what they are suppossed to do, but merely because politics will not allow it. The ONLY ones that want us there are the ones getting the checks from the U.S.! Bring them ALL home and let these countries do what they want. If we cannot protect ourselves in our own country then we have alread lost!

    June 13, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. atal

    Well who thinks American troops are here to save Afghan lives.....they are here for their own national security and interst...I wish Ameicans could learn from the mistakes of the former USSR!

    June 12, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Very well put,atal!!!

      June 14, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Afghan Empire

    Macrystall hasnt learned from Marjah, it will pass doesnt matter. Kandahar was the Capital for 3 empires.

    June 12, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. rob brander

    the taliban have got a great partner out there,it's called TIME and it seems to having agreat impact on both sides of the world. coalition troops are doing 2 and 3 tours in afghanistan,finding out their having to fight the badboys in areas they fought them in their previous tour,must be a little confusing to even the best of soldiers. the other thing i've noticed on this website and others related to this conflict is the frustration in peoples words. in the beginning quotes like nuke em all,kill everyone of those buggars and make aparking lot out of it.NOW those very same people are saying things like"get the boys out of there" "what are we still doing there""why are so many coalition troops still dying" 10 years since this started and helicopters are still being shot down,19 american boys in the first 10 days of this month and the top brass predicting higher casualty numbers alittle bit of a brainbasher don't you think folks.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    As I posted earlier the situation in Afghanistan is getting very, very bad for the coalition and will not get better but worse by the day. To this General young American lives are of no value and expendable. To the American mothers......is it worth it to sacrifice your sons and daughters for the oil and drug barons that control the US government and army????

    June 11, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. rob brander

    my, my the top brass start talking negative numbers and the folks back home want the flag pulled down and bring the boys home, man the manure spreader must have kicked in high gear because she's starting to smell like VIETNAM all over again!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. deej

    Why is it that General McKrystal talks about rising casualties like they are just a statistic, nothing personal, not like they are human beings, soldiers who sign on to risk their life for our country, not "their" country. I don't think the deaths of our soldiers mean anything to him or the president of the US, they are just numbers, just "figures" they can move around the chess board, "Oh, we lost one?, I'll send another replacement in a jiffy, just make sure the "figure" doesn't hurt any of the residents, cause their lives are so much more important than the soldiers life". General McKrystal and the higher ups need to spend some time on these patrols, I would like to see him getting fired at, dodging IED's, not firing at someone who just shot one of the soldiers, laid down the gun and is walking away. The ROE's are ridiculous. Send in the lasers to explode the IED's, call in for strikes when our soldiers are being shot at, but most of all, get our soldiers out of that sorry stinking country!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BUBBA -- ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    Why do casualities have to rise?? Afghanistan isn't worth any more American lives.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smith in Oregon

    Right, Gen. McChrystal just wants to milk the Afghanistan invasion and resulting war for all he can get. I hope President Obama reigns in McChrystal and begins the scheduled draw down 1 year from now. It's time to pull the plug on the Afghanistan foobar. And just as likely the American taxpayers will be stuck with the enormous bill of replacing some 90% of all the equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan with newer and hyper-expensive versions of the same thing.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      It seems to me that this Gen.McChrystal is aspiring to become the next Dwight D.Eisenhower no matter how many casualties it takes.And does President Obama care?I suppose not.

      June 11, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Warcryer

      You sir, are an idoit

      September 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. carlos

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com violence rises violence, ignorance rises fanatism

    June 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abdulameer

    McChrystal is certainly right that our casualties will rise. But, he is wrong about our policy which is leading to this rise. He is wrong because he, like his boss. assumes that Islam is a religion of peace and that we can win the hearts and minds of the religious Afghani Moslems. That is a delusion of the first order. The hearts and minds of Afghan Moslems, like Moslems everywhere, are dedicated to the doctrines of Islam - and the doctrines of Islam consider all non-Moslems, including us, to be enemies, no matter how nice and generous we are to them. The only difference between the Afghan Moslem population, in general, and the Taliban Afghan Moslems, in particular, is that the Taliban want a stricter application of sharia law than the rest of the population. But, make no mistake about it, they are brothers to one another.

    June 10, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      That's certainly true,Abdulameer.plus the simple fact that the Afghans do not want foreign rule and never did.

      June 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Hello Anabel!

        June 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |