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Gen David Petraeus guarded over date for US Afghan exit

15 August 2010 Last updated at 17:10 BST

The new commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, has said he will not be bound by a 2011 target date to start withdrawing US troops.

Speaking on NBC television, Gen Petraeus said he reserved the right to tell President Obama whether the pull-out date was too early.

He was speaking after US forces endured their deadliest month, July 2010, since the Afghan conflict began in 2001.

Video courtesy NBC/Meet the Press