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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the US is on the right path in Afghanistan.
Gates spoke today with White House correspondent Mike Emanuel after spending part of the day in an area that until recently was controlled by the tell Obama.
Defense Secretary gates walked without body armor on the street and now is it in through an Afghan bizarre speaking with the merchants gates and other US officials hope the pattern of Marines clearing and holding a place like this.
Will be a model that can be duplicated across Afghanistan.
After his -- I asked gates for his assessment of the war right now what I take away.
From this as well as the visit here to announce.
Is -- I think that.
It reinforces the notion that general McChrystal strategy is working.
But also that it's -- it's complex and it's gonna take some time and gets.
Of the 30000 troops and -- surged and have arrived in country.
So I would say given where we are both in the calendar and in terms of how many troops are here as part of the search that it's a very good start.
US officials say the next major offensive will be Kandahar which gates also visited today.
While the current operation a margin has focused on minimizing civilian casualties.
In a partnership with the Afghans the top commander general Stanley McChrystal says Kandahar will be different gates explained that a network of corruption.
And criminal elements must be dealt with -- There it is a more complex kind of operation.
Partly because it's a big city partly because of the of the nature of the relationships there that -- the end of the challenges not just the Taliban.
For the Defense Secretary this -- of forward operating bases in the southern region gives him a chance to recognize the bravery of US troops.
Speak to them about their concerns and that thank them for their service.
Gates recognizes these special moments will not last forever the only environment -- there -- yeah.
Bottom line US officials are encouraged by some signs of progress they're seeing in southern Afghanistan but not willing to draw any conclusions at this point.
Recognizing they've been disappointed many times before.
-- -- out eight plus year war.
Traveling with the Defense Secretary in Kabul Afghanistan Mike Emanuel Fox News.
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