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NATO chief predicts improvements in Afghanistan

ISTANBUL (AP) - NATO's chief says the situation in Afghanistan is improving after a difficult year.

In a speech to a two-day NATO meeting about the war today, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AHN'-derz FOHG RAHS'-moo-sihn) echoed the assessment of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander there. McChrystal said yesterday the security conditions in Afghanistan are no longer "deteriorating."

Both men were addressing bleak assessments from other nations that the Taliban are expanding in the region and the situation in Afghanistan has turned explosive.

Fogh Rasmussen says allied forces are on track to seize the initiative in the nine-year war.

Both Fogh Rasmussen and McChrystal have urged NATO ministers to send several thousand new army and police instructors to Afghanistan.


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