31 Aug. 2009
PR# 2009-652

ISAF Commander Submits Strategic Assessment

KABUL, Afghanistan – General Stanley McChrystal, the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S.

Forces Afghanistan forwarded his strategic assessment today to the Commander, U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, and the Commander, Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Egon Ramms, who will comment and forward through their respective chains of command to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General.

"The situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort,” said McChrystal.

The assessment, which was directed by U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General, seeks to implement NATO’s Comprehensive Strategic Political Military Plan and the U.S. President’s strategy to reduce the capability and will of the insurgents, Al Qaeda and trans-national extremists, support the growth in capacity and development of the Afghan National Security Forces, and to facilitate improvements in governance and socio-economic development.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/