U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a revised war strategy for Afghanistan in December that couples a civilian effort to rebuild state institutions with a military campaign to take on Taliban and al-Qaida fighters.
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top military commander in Afghanistan, told The Financial Times that the time for fighting was over.
"As a soldier, my personal feeling is that there's been enough fighting," he said. "What I think we do is try to shape conditions which allow people to come to a truly equitable solution to how the Afghan people are governed."
His comments are in stark contrast to growing frustration with the conflict in Afghanistan, now marching toward the nine-year mark. McChrystal, however, told the Times he saw "very demonstrably positive" progress ahead with Afghanistan expecting the arrival of 30,000 additional U.S. troops.
McChrystal said a London conference on Afghanistan scheduled for Thursday was an opportunity for the international community to come together to find a political solution that works for the Afghan government and its people.
"I'd like everybody to walk out of London with a renewed commitment, and that commitment is to the right outcome for the Afghan people," he said.