General Stanley McChrystal
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Afghanistan 'needs friends' in the West

The former US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme attention must be given towards the "confidence of the Afghan people".

He said this could be done through improving security, but also by ensuring the country's political stability.

Gen McChrystal said the country "needs friends" in the West once Nato troops are fully withdrawn, which is expected within the next 12 months.

His book My Share of the Task: A Memoir has just been published in paperback.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 24 January 2014.

  • 24 Jan 2014
  • From the section UK