Petraeus: Tough Times Ahead in Kandahar

Insists June Invasion 'Not Going to Be a Conventional Offensive'

With local resentment of the US forces already at an enormous level and civilian killings sparking anti-US riots, Centcom commander Gen. David Petraeus today warned that more “tough times” are ahead for the city’s residents, something which likely will not be greeted with welcome or patience.

The enemy is going to take horrific action to disrupt the progress,” Petraeus predicted. Civilian death tolls caused by both US and Taliban forces have been steadily on the rise in southern Afghanistan in recent months.

Petraeus repeatedly likened the situation to that in Iraq, and insisted that his prediction that “the enemy fights back” was a lesson he learned in Iraq. He insisted that the offensive was “not going to be a conventional offensive,” however, which may suggest that the initial plan to use the Marjah invasion as a model has been shelved.

He capped off his news conference, as so many others, with a reference to 9/11, insisting that “it was right here in Kandahar that the 9/11 attacks were planned.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of