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KABUL | Sen. John McCain said Monday that incoming commander Gen. David H. Petraeus could tweak strategy in the nearly nine-year war in Afghanistan, after two days of talks and battlefield tours.

Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces indicated there could be adjustments to a war plan seen by many analysts as bogged down to the Taliban’s advantage.

“General Petraeus is reviewing the entire rules of engagement, and probably there will be some tweaking. We got that impression from him,” Mr. McCain told reporters at a Kabul airport.

Gen. Petraeus arrived in Kabul on Friday to take over NATO’s 47-nation International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, sacked last month by President Obama for insubordination.

Troops have complained that Gen. McChrystal’s “courageous restraint” rule, aimed at minimizing civilian casualties, prevents them from properly defending themselves — thus contributing to a spike in military casualties.


Clinton vows support for Georgia

TBILISI | Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reassured Georgia on Monday with a pledge of steadfast support and called on Russia to end its “occupation” of two breakaway Georgian regions.

“The United States is steadfast in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Mrs. Clinton said at a joint news conference with President Mikheil Saakashvili during a visit.

Mrs. Clinton also urged Moscow to abide by a cease-fire agreement that stipulates its forces must return to positions held before the 2008 Georgia-Russia war.


Komorowski wins presidential vote

WARSAW | Liberal Bronislaw Komorowski won Poland’s presidential runoff vote, scoring 53.01 percent against conservative rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s 46.99 percent, official results said Monday.

Turnout in Sunday’s snap ballot sparked by the air-crash death in April of Mr. Kaczynski’s twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, was 55.31 percent, state elections commission chief Stefan Jaworski told reporters in Warsaw.

Mr. Kaczynski had conceded defeat and congratulated Mr. Komorowski late on Sunday after hearing the results of exit polls — although partial results at one point overnight had briefly put Mr. Kaczynski in the lead.

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