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McChrystal: Kandahar Operation Will Be 'Slow, Rising Tide' Of Security

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The top US military commander in Afghanistan says this summer's planned operation to rid Kandahar of the Taliban will not put the city's population unduly at risk.

In Washington to accompany the visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, General Stanley McChrystal told reporters on May 13 that clearing the Taliban from Kandahar is central to winning the war in Afghanistan.

"Our operational priority lies in securing southern Afghanistan, an area that includes Kandahar, the spiritual center of the Taliban, and Helmand, an economic hub for the insurgency and for Afghanistan overall," McChrystal said.

But he said the process of securing Kandahar city, with a population of some 500,000 people, will not resemble the kind of sudden frontal assault and street battles seen when NATO and Afghan forces took Marjah from the Taliban in February. He said a Marjah-style assault is not needed because the Taliban do not fully control Kandahar city as they did the much smaller town in Helmand Province.

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written by Charles Recknagel, with agency reports

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McChrystal: Kandahar Operation Will Be 'Slow, Rising Tide' Of Security

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