From Reuters: U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal said the situation was ‘serious’ but the 8-year-old war could still be won. He gave no indication if he would ask for more troops but is widely expected to do so in the coming weeks.

With U.S. and NATO casualties at record levels in Afghanistan and doubts growing about the war in the United States and other NATO nations, McChrystal is under pressure to reverse Western fortunes within months.

‘The situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort,’ McChrystal said in a statement announcing his report was done . . .

NATO spokesman James Appathurai confirmed the report did not include a request for more resources but added, “We know we will need to provide more trainers and equipment for the Afghan security forces.”

He said there was already a shortfall of 10 training teams for Afghan security forces and the need would grow as moves were made to further expand the Afghan army and police. (photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)