General: More troops needed in Afghanistan

General: More troops needed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 3 (UPI) -- More troops and equipment are needed to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, the outgoing U.S. general in charge of NATO forces said.
Pakistan faulted for cross-border attacks

Pakistan faulted for cross-border attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 30 (UPI) -- The departing U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan has faulted Pakistan for not backing up promises to tackle militants on its side of the border.

Taliban gaining strength in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A recent attack on the Serena hotel in Kabul shows the Taliban threat in Afghanistan is far from over six years after the regime was driven out, a report said.

Gates: NATO troops in Afghanistan green

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said NATO troops from Canada, Britain and the Netherlands aren't experienced enough to fight insurgents in Afghanistan.

Upsurge in Afghan violence seen

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday he expects an upsurge in Taliban insurgency this year, financed by a bumper poppy crop.

Analysis: Germany to stay in Middle East

BERLIN, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Germany is not presenting exit strategies for its stability missions in Lebanon and Afghanistan and Lebanon, despite worsening security in the region. The German public, it seems, will have to get used to several more years of military contributions in the region.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Commander speaks on NATO success

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The commander of the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan commended the anti-insurgency operation but said more force is needed to hold on to the gains.

NATO: Iran's Quds giving bombs to Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- British military intelligence officers and the U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan say Iran is supplying Taliban fighters with weaponry.

NATO general fears Afghan ground loss

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The commander of NATO said he expects Taliban forces to regroup over the winter in Afghanistan and retake areas previously secured by the British.
Dan McNeill
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) meets with the incoming Commander for NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan Gen. Dan McNeill, in the Oval Office of The White House in Washington on January 24, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Dan K. McNeill was a four-star general in the United States Army. He served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from February 1, 2007 to June 3, 2008. He also served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command from 2004 to 2007.

According to Eurasianet, GEN McNeill opposed the local ceasefires and economic development programs that had been favored by the outgoing NATO commander British General David Richards. The attempted targeting of Taliban commander Abdul Ghafour, through aerial bombardment, on February 4, 2007, was seen as a sign of the policy changes McNeill wanted to introduce.

Officials in several European countries have quietly expressed concern about placing an American general in charge of the NATO force. Richards tried to create a less harsh, more economic-development-oriented identity for NATO in Afghanistan, as compared to the "kicking-down-doors" image that US forces have. Many local analysts expect NATO forces to embrace a more aggressive stance under McNeill, who is believed to oppose the type of local peace arrangements that Richards promoted. The danger at this point is that an overly aggressive NATO force in Afghanistan could alienate Afghans, and thus cause the Taliban’s support base to grow.

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