September 23, 2009 / 8:28 PM / in 10 years

Commanders back Afghan troop hike assessment

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Central Command, Army General David Petraeus, said on Wednesday that both he and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen had endorsed an assessment by the top commander in Afghanistan that says more troops would be needed.

"Obviously I endorsed, the chairman endorsed... Gen. (Stanley) McChrystal's assessment and description," Petraeus said at a counterinsurgency conference in Washington.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)

(For more Reuters coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, see: here)

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