By Roxana Tiron - 08/31/09 03:52 PM EDT
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, on Monday submitted a report on the state of the war, which was requested by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
McChrystal first sent his report to the head of Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, and also sent his assessment to NATO headquarters in Brussels.
McChrystal also issued a statement.
“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 his statement.
According to several media reports, McChrystal is expected to make a separate request for more troops in Afghanistan—a move that could create a tenuous situation on Capitol Hill where several Democrats have called for a timeline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
The new report and a potential new request for troops is likely to stir up intense debate on Capitol Hill with lawmakers returning from summer recess next week.
McChrystal’s long-awaited report also comes at the end of the deadliest month for U.S. troops since the war began in 2001. Forty-seven members of the military were killed in August. The Afghanistan war is also increasingly unpopular with the American public.
There are about 62,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and by the end of the year the ranks will grow to 68,000. NATO allies also sent about 35,000 troops to Afghanistan.