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NATO Says No Change In Afghan Strategy


NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the alliance's strategy in Afghanistan "will not miss a beat" despite the dismissal of the United States' top general in the war-torn country.

Rasmussen, speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 23, said the strategy U.S.General Stanley McChrystal helped put in place was the "right one."

"I thank General McChrystal for his service to NATO, and for the enormous effort he has put into leading the ISAF mission. While he will no longer be the commander, the approach he helped put in place is the right one. The strategy continues to have NATO's support, and our forces will continue to carry it out," Rasmussen said.

McChrystal resigned on June 23 after making disparaging comments about senior U.S. administration officials to a U.S. magazine.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who accepted his resignation, said McChrystal showed "poor judgement."

Obama also said there would be no change in policy.

Obama replaced McChrystal with General David Petraeus, who led the United States' mission in Iraq.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he "respects" Obama's Petraeus appointment.
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