Top US general meets tribes ahead of Afghan surge
Apr 10, 2009 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan reached out to influential Afghan tribesmen in regions where U.S. troops will soon deploy, apologizing for past mistakes and saying he is now studying the Quran, the Muslim holy book.
Gen. David McKiernan met with villagers in Helmand and Kandahar _ two of Afghanistan's most violent provinces _ in an attempt to foster good will ahead of the U.S. troop surge that will send 21,000 more forces here this summer to stem an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.
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