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Monday, July 28, 2008

Maybe we should give more weight to European opinion…

seeing as how they're such reliable allies.

WASHINGTON -- During an inspection tour last week NATO Gen. John Craddock accused member nations and leaders of broken promises in the ongoing effort to support the Afghan army.

"As soon as we begin to set up troops we fall on our nose," the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe told Financial Times Germany.

"My deputy writes letters, I call, he calls and I write," Craddock said. "I am frustrated about it."

The four-star U.S general said his frustration is about the units promised to support the efforts of the Afghan army, in order to fight together against the Taliban and Al Qaida.

Craddock said 19 of 73 promised units of 25 to 30 soldiers strong have yet to arrive. The structure of the army relies on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan to win the war there.