Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the United States is “winning” in Afghanistan, during his visit to the country this week. He later used more cautious terminology about “making significant progress,” and “going in the right direction.” Panetta made the statements a day after General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, said that U.S. forces will institute a major shift in operations next year, moving to an advisory role rather than a fighting force to improve the skills of the Afghan army and begin extracting U.S. forces from combat.
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