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Petraeus: Afghanistan Violence Peaks

Scary news from General David Petraeus: Last week, violence in Afghanistan hit “the highest level” since December 2001. Speaking at the Center for a New American Security, Petraeus said “there is no question the situation has deteriorated over the course of the past two years in particular and there are difficult times ahead.” He also noted that there were several factors in Iraq that allowed the surge to work that are not present in Afghanistan—notably, the ability of U.S. troops to live among local residents in Baghdad.