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Report: Time may be running out in Afghanistan

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Gen. Stanley McChrystal

WASHINGTON. - There may not be much time to avoid defeat in Afghanistan.

The warning comes in a report from the top U.S. and NATO commander there, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. He says unless the U.S. and its allies reverse the momentum of the militants within the next year, it could become impossible to defeat the insurgents.

McChrystal is calling for an increase in U.S. troop strength.

President Barack Obama is deciding whether to commit thousands of additional U.S. troops or try to hold the line against the Taliban with the troops and strategy that have already been approved.

The report says the situation is growing worse and the U.S. war is at risk of failure without more troops on the ground. McChrystal writes that while the war won't be won exclusively with resources, "under-resourcing could lose it."

He also says the U.S. needs to interact better with the Afghan people, and better organize its efforts with NATO allies.

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