Tougher fighting ahead in Afghan war -- NATO
Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00
The new NATO commander in Afghanistan has warned of tougher fighting ahead against the Taliban-led insurgency and said there would be no exodus of American troops next year.
Gen David Petraeus said fighting would get "harder before it gets easier" as troops tried to flush militants from southern strongholds.
He said troops would not rush to pull out in July 2011, when President Barack Obama has promised Americans that the United States' 100,000-strong contingent would begin to go home.
"That's a date when a process begins, nothing more," he said.
The general spoke as four more foreign soldiers -- two French, a Hungarian and an American -- died in attacks around the country. (© Daily Telegraph, London)