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US General David Petraeus has landed in Afghanistan to take command of US and NATO forces fighting the near nine-year-old war.
Petraeus pledged to tackle the Taliban insurgency with a strategy he successfully pioneered in Iraq. He has warned of hard fighting over the next coming months.
Petraeus arrived in Kabul a day after his appointment was confirmed by the Senate and just hours after the House of Representatives approved 33 billion US dollars in funding for a troop surge in Afghanistan.
The surge will bring to 150,000 the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan, just as the new strategy takes root. It entails tackling the Taliban in their strongholds while relying on the Afghan government to simultaneously improve local governance and development.