US commander in Afghanistan: Tough fight in 2011
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says in an assessment of the war that the military has "made impressive progress" in 2010 but that 2011 is "likely to be tough" as forces work to expand security.
The assessment comes in a letter from Gen. David Petraeus to the troops Tuesday, ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Petraeus says in the letter that troops will have to hold onto progress made in Taliban strongholds in the south while working to reverse insurgent advances in the north and northeast.
He praises security gains in the capital, but says they will need to be expanded into neighboring provinces.
Progress is being watched closely, as Obama has said he hopes to begin drawing down U.S. troops in July.