December 8, 2009 6:34 PM

McChrystal: Getting bin Laden key to defeating al Qaida

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told Congress Tuesday that killing or capturing Osama bin Laden is critical to defeating al Qaida. The comments underscored a contradiction in Obama's Afghan strategy: While it dedicates thousands of additional troops to combating the Taliban, it adds few resources aimed at the policy's stated goal: "disrupting, dismantling and defeating" al Qaida.

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