Petraeus faces fight to keep Nato allies onside

As well as defeating a resurgent Taliban, US General David Petraeus must unite Nato forces behind his Afghan strategy, writes Raymond Barrett

3rd July, 2010

General David Petraeus, the new commander of US and Nato troops in Afghanistan, departed for Kabul last Friday as the clock began to tick on a Washington-imposed deadline for a drawdown of foreign troops to begin by July 2011.

His predecessor, General Stanley McChrystal, was forced to resign after disparaging remarks directed towards senior members of the Obama administration appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.

Aside from being tasked with leading a successful military campaign against the...

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