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Afghan Politicians, Including President Karzai, Back Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Afghan President Karzai (R) gestures as

Afghan President Karzai and Gen. Stanley McChrystal at International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on April 10, 2010.  Omar Sobhani/Pool/AFP hide caption

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal may get a chilly reception in Washington today, but he has allies among Afghanistan's most-influential politicians, including Hamid Karzai, The New York Times reports.

According to Alissa J. Rubin, the newspaper's Kabul bureau chief, Karzai's spokesman, Waheed Omar, says that "the president of Afghanistan announced his confidence in General Stanley McChrystal" in a teleconference with President Obama yesterday, adding that "he has been a very effective and very integrated commander of ISAF and NATO."

Reporters for The Washington Post said that, during that conversation, Obama reportedly promised Karzai that "he would not rush to a decision on whether to fire McChrystal."

At news conferences in Kabul and Kandahar yesterday, Karzai and his half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, chair of the Provincial Council in Kandahar, backed the top American commander in Afghanistan.

They "wholeheartedly threw their support behind the embattled general, describing him as a man who had improved the situation in Afghanistan and the relationship between NATO and the Afghan government," Rubin reports.

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