Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Air Force photo)
NEW YORK (AP) - Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he backs the White House's 2014 drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, saying his counterinsurgency strategy helped create Afghan forces able to keep the country safe.
But he says the U.S. owes Afghans a continuing security presence to support them.
"We have an emotional responsibility" to Afghans, the former Afghan war commander tells The Associated Press on Monday. McChrystal was giving interviews upon the release of his memoirs.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is due at the White House this week to discuss a longterm "strategic partnership" including a continued U.S. security presence.
McChrystal says Afghans fear the U.S. will withdraw completely.
The general's new memoir, "My Share of the Task" was published by Portfolio/Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Group USA.
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