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CIA Chief Warns Of Long Road Ahead In Afghanistan


CIA Director Leon Panetta

CIA Director Leon Panetta

The CIA chief warned that the war in Afghanistan will be tougher and longer than expected despite a string of successes against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Leon Panetta said the United States is "dealing with a country that has problems with governance, problems with corruption, problems with narcotics trafficking, problems with a Taliban insurgency."

Panetta told ABC's "This Week" that though the United States is "making progress. It's harder; it's slower than I think anyone anticipated."

Panetta insisted Obama's surge strategy -- to bring more international troops on the ground by the end of August -- is the right one, and said the Afghans needed to step up.

(AFP)
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