Petraeus Thanks Troops 

Gen. David H. Petraeus told troops that the combined Afghan and U.S. forces “did tremendous work in 2010.”

The commander of the International Security Assistance Forces reminded troops in a letter dated Tuesday that the work is far from over.

“As you will recall, our core objective here is to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a sanctuary for Al Qaeda or other trans-national extremists,” Petraeus wrote. “Achieving that objective requires that we help Afghanistan develop the ability to secure and govern itself. This, in turn, requires the conduct of a comprehensive civil-military campaign, carried out in full partnership with our Afghan counterparts, to improve security, develop Afghan security forces, and support the establishment of good governance and economic development.”

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