"So the perception that the coalition is withholding support is unfair," Gen. Shepro said. "The fact is, do they want the Afghans to get out more in front? Yes. And we're definitely doing that, but I would say the coalition is still very much invested."
"I think it's fair to say if there's a life-and-death situation, and there are coalition resources, that they are going to respond to the area. Now, obviously, there is a desire for the Afghans to do more and the coalition to do less with time, but the Afghans need to win this year. This is an important year leading up to the election," said Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven M. Shepro, commander of NATO Air Training Command Afghanistan.