McChrystal still has support in Afghanistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal may be in trouble with his civilian bosses in Washington for a controversial interview, but he's getting support closer to the Afghan battlefield.

Both Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen have voiced support for McChrystal, who is in trouble for derogatory comments he made in a Rolling
Stone magazine interview about President Barack Obama and other civilian superiors.

McChrystal has been summoned back to Washington to explain himself.

Speaking through a spokesman, Karzai today gave McChrystal a strong endorsement, calling him the “best commander” of the war. Karzai said he hoped McChrystal could keep his job.

The NATO Secretary-General's office voiced concern over the impact that a change of command would have on the war effort at a time of rising casualties.

The alliance issued a statement calling the Rolling Stone article “rather unfortunate.” But it also said NATO's leader has “full confidence” in McChrystal.

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