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2014 Afghan victory not a sure thing: Petraeus

December 7, 2010 - New York

Top US commander General David Petraeus has said that while he is encouraged by the progress made by American troops in Afghanistan, he is not ready to go so far as to say he is "confident" the Afghan army would be able to assume control from U.S. forces by NATO's 2014 deadline.

"I think-no commander ever is going to come out and say, 'I'm confident that we can do this," General Petraeus told ABC's "Good Morning America show on Monday.

"We have to do everything we can to increase the chances of that prospect, but again, I don't think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor," General Petraeus added.

"And I wouldn't be honest with you and with the viewers if I didn't convey that," he said.

General Petraeus was responding to a recent ABC News/BBC/ARD/Washington Post poll that indicated that Afghan citizens are losing faith in U.S. and NATO forces to improve regional conditions.

"We clearly have to continue to provide the message to the Afghan people about why we're here, and what it is that we want to do, not just for our own national objectives and coalition objectives, but also for the people of this country, and for the government of Afghanistan, to enable them, indeed, to secure and to govern themselves," General Petraeus said.


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