- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. general in the Mideast says the Taliban and other insurgents are growing ever stronger in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus is promising the U.S. military will fight “relentlessly and aggressively” to foil the extremists there and in neighboring Pakistan.

Petraeus makes his comments in a statement prepared for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing later Wednesday.

He and top Defense Department policy official Michele Flournoy will be at the committee explaining President Barack Obama’s new strategy for the troubled seven-year-old war.

They are expected to face some skepticism over how much the Pakistani government is willing to help fight extremists who are using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan.

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