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U.S. Military Leaders Disagree on Taliban's Strength

Sharply different views on Afghanistan were aired Wednesday. On Capitol Hill, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Taliban insurgency is growing. But at the Pentagon, the top ground commander said the Taliban have been contained.

The Pentagon is increasingly worried about Afghanistan, with increased attacks by the Taliban and growing support among the population for the group.

Mullen says the trends are "concerning," and members of Congress are seeking answers from the Defense Department about what's happening there.


Gen. Dan McNeill, the top commander in Afghanistan, told Pentagon reporters Wednesday that many Taliban leaders have been killed or captured, and the reason for increased fighting is that U.S. and NATO troops are taking the fight to the enemy.

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