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McCain upbeat on Afghan war's progress

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan offering Congress his first formal assessment of the war in Afghanistan, a leading Republican is asserting that the U.S. and its NATO allies are turning around the conflict.
Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that he is encouraged by progress in the war, although concerned that the fighting will become more intense this spring and summer.
McCain spoke at the outset of a hearing featuring testimony by Gen. David Petraeus, who is facing an impatient and frustrated Congress and an American public that has grown weary of the conflict.
Petraeus is balancing his troops' solid progress in combat with worries about Kabul government corruption, an expected Taliban resurgence this spring and the slow development of Afghan security forces.


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