BBC NEWS | South Asia | US 'needs fresh Afghan strategy'

A top US general in Afghanistan has called for a revised military strategy, suggesting the current one is failing.

In a strategic assessment, Gen Stanley McChrystal said that, while the Afghan situation was serious, success was still achievable.

The report has not yet been published, but sources say Gen McChrystal sees protecting the Afghan people against the Taliban as the top priority.

The report does not carry a direct call for increasing troop numbers.

"The situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort," Gen McChrystal said in the assessment.

Copies of the document have been sent to Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

The report came as further results from last week's presidential election were released, with ballots now counted from almost 48% of polling stations.

President Hamid Karzai is leading so far, with 45.8% of the votes counted.
I am not really looking for opinions on the President or NATO or any other idle chatter here, but real policy input. What do you guys think the strategy should be? A surge as in Iraq, or someother new way at defeating the Taliban?