10/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Petraeus: "Spiral Downwards" In Parts Of Afghanistan

LONDON (AFP) - Parts of Afghanistan have seen a "spiral downwards" of violence, the incoming US regional commander said Monday, adding the fight against Taliban forces would continue unabated through the winter.

General David Petraeus told reporters outside Downing Street after talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown that there had been "significant progress" in some areas of the country.

But he added: "There's no question but that the trends in terms of violence and so forth have been in the wrong direction.

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