McChrystal Criticism Mounts Within Obama Administration

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dan Murphey and Ben Arnoldy Christian Science Monitor

Lt. Col. Edward Stein, a US Army Ranger, had a specific task for the Afghan soldiers he was training: Do a security check in Kabul ahead of a speech by President Hamid Karzai to mark Afghan Independence Day.

Not long into their sweep, the soldiers found something ominous: three heavily armed enemy fighters holed up in a bank that was under construction. The soldiers on patrol, members of the Afghan National Army (ANA), didn't storm the building as they might have in the past and settle the problem with the snout of a rifle...

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