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U.S. General: ‘Very Small Percentage' of Afghans Causing Trouble

March 28, 2012

The Army's chief of staff said on Wednesday that the U.S. is making "real progress" in Afghanistan and that Afghan security forces are improving, despite recent incidents in which Afghan forces have attacked and killed allied troops.

"Besides some of the incidents that have occurred, Afghans are standing up every day," said Gen. Raymond Odierno on Fox News’s Fox & Friends. "Security forces are getting better. It's a very small percentage that are acting out."

He also said that statements from Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemning the U.S. should be taken in context. “I’ll go back to my experience in Iraq," he said. "I will tell you that politicians in Iraq said some things publicly for their internal consumption, and they said something different to us behind closed doors.”

 

A similar situation is happening in Afghanistan, he said.

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