Gates in Afghanistan, cites “tough Fight.”

During a visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates…

During a visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said U.S. troops in some areas are in a “tough fight,” and any progress must be measured at a very local level. His top commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said the Taliban still has the momentum in some areas, but that allied progress is beginning to have a broader, psychological impact.

Secretary Gates flew into Eastern Afghanistan, not far from the Pakistani border, and told reporters he found U.S., allied and Afghan troops there in a tough fight.

“I think these guys being close to the border do face some special challenges, and have taken some serious losses,” Gates said. “There is no question, being here close to the border, that they are in a tough fight.”

Secretary Gates said there is “selective” good news, with “real headway” in security and governance in some areas. But he said in Afghanistan, it is difficult to generalize.

“The lesson learned here is that you should not generalize about Afghanistan,” Gates said. “You should not even generalize from regional command to regional command or province to province, that you really have to take it a district at a time, and maybe even more local areas than that, and diversify your strategy depending on the local conditions in terms of whether [U.S. troop] presence contributes to security or detracts from security. And that may differ from one valley to the next.”

Source: Al Pessin for Voice of America News.

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